National Suicide Prevention Hotline

2012 – ASPARC Awarded Garrett Lee Smith Grant

2012 – ASPARC Awarded Garrett Lee Smith Grant

Since 2012 ASPARC has focused on sponsoring suicide prevention conferences, increasing membership, and new suicide prevention outreach efforts. On September 30, 2014 ASPARC is sponsoring a suicide prevention conference in Montgomery, AL at the Montgomery County Health Department. Registration information can be found on the ASPARC website. In 2012 ASPARC was awarded the suicide prevention grant that had been turned down in 2011. The grant is from the Garret Lee Smith (GLS) program and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health administration (SAMHSA) under the auspices of the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). The 3 year grant funds the training of individuals and group members as first responders using the QPR Institute’s basic gatekeeper model. The grant is entering the third year and ASPARC has trained about 1000 first History of ASPARC 6 responders in Birmingham and central Alabama. In addition the GLS grant has funded numerous ASPARC-led suicide awareness programs throughout Central Alabama. ASPARC will increase the numbers of QPR first responders or gatekeeper trained in year 3 as well as awareness programs with a special focus on faith-based organizations.