National Suicide Prevention Hotline

2011 – ASPARC Submits Non-Profit Paperwork

2011 – ASPARC Submits Non-Profit Paperwork

All preparations for the 501(c)3 application were completed and the document was submitted for final approval. We learned that we were approved as an officially recognized 501(c)3 in late August! An application for Garrett Lee Smith funding was submitted in February, 2011, in the hopes that funding would create opportunities for a large public awareness campaign about suicide prevention, developing stronger protective factors by working with faith-oriented organizations, developing and providing an extensive “Red Folder Project” resource directory, and more. The grant was developed collaboratively between the Department of Public Health and ASPARC. In September, we learned that we were not among the recipients, with most of the funding awarded to tribal nations and renewing states. Our Annual Meeting was a success with 65 persons in attendance. In addition to a short business meeting, a young survivor of suicidal depression gave her story, along with two dynamic panels of people who addressed the role of the church as a protective factor and the myriad of mental health systems who collaborate in service of prevention efforts ranging from emergency rooms, law enforcement, probate court, school systems, etc. The mood was energetic and stimulating. Over a third of the attendees joined or renewed membership in ASPARC.