National Suicide Prevention Hotline

2009 – Task Force Changes Name to ASPARC

2009 – Task Force Changes Name to ASPARC

The Task Force applied for $1.53 million in grants through SAMSHA for a comprehensive, pilot prevention program in Jefferson County. The SAMHSA grant primarily focused on gatekeeper training, bereavement services, development of rapid response teams to assist persons identified as suicidal, programs for survivors (relatives and friends of suicide victims), and public awareness. Funding was also requested to develop a state Resource Directory specifically designed for suicide prevention. The application was not funded but the overall reaction to the proposal was positive and a revised application will be prepared for submission in 2010. The Task Force moved towards a more evolved organizational status with the development of by- laws and officers, thus moving from “task force” status upon which it was initiated to a council status to be determined in future meetings. Accordingly, the ASPTF name was changed to the Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resource Center (ASPARC). The meetings of the Task Force included many guest speakers and visitors, including Dr. Donald Marks on his research into medication effects and suicide, Dr. Connie Kohler and her grant funded “Body Love Project” which is a continuing radio drama featuring a suicide story line and call in questions with experts, representatives from Equality Alabama, and a legal consultant on starting 501(c)3 non-profit organizations.