National Suicide Prevention Hotline

History

1998 – Dr. Satcher Appointed Surgeon General

Dr. David Satcher, a native of Anniston, Alabama, was appointed as the 16th United States Surgeon General (1998-2002) as well as serving as Assistant Secretary of Health (1998-2001). He served in both the Clinton and the George H. Bush administrations. Among his prodigious works, he established suicide prevention as a…

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2001 – Key Players Agree to Community Invitation

Dollie Hambrick, Director of Social Work with the Alabama Department of Public Health, attended a SPAN conference in Atlanta. Toolkits were secured on state plan development. Dr. Williamson and former Department of Mental Health Commissioner, Kathy Sawyer, agreed to co-sign a letter inviting community agency members to take part in…

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2002 – 1st Suicide Prevention Planning Meeting

The first Suicide Prevention Planning Meeting was held at the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH). Twenty-seven people, from both public and private agencies as well as survivors and the faith-based community were invited. The group was asked to commit six months to develop a plan for Alabama. The group…

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2004 – Task Force is Funded

The Governor’s Proclamation Ceremony commemorating National Suicide Prevention Awareness Week, the first full week after Labor Day week, was held. In 2004, the ASPTF received $25,000 for a statewide billboard campaign. I believe each of the major cities in Alabama had 3-4 billboards of two different sizes. This included Birmingham…

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2005 – Garrett Lee Smith Application Committee Formed

Garrett Lee Smith Application Committee was developed to apply for a prevention grant under the Garrett Lee Smith suicide prevention program funded through SAMSHA. Task Force developments, the Alabama Suicide Prevention Call Centers, and the State Plan were presented to the Alabama Council for Community Mental Health Boards.

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2006 – Task Force Receives More Funding

ADPH provided funds to Alabama Crisis Call Centers to develop advertisements to recruit volunteers and describe services. We used $15,000 of ADPH funds for this project. The 3 (certified) Crisis Call Centers (Mobile, Birmingham and Huntsville) received the money to recruit and train volunteers for their call lines. It was…

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2007 – Task Force Coordinator Hired

The task force partnered with the Crisis Center of Birmingham to hire a part-time, oneyear Task Force Suicide Prevention Coordinator through local grant funding from The Community Foundation of Birmingham. Task force chairmanship was split shared between ADPH (Alabama Department of Health) and Health DMH-MR (AL Department of Mental Health…

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2008 – Task Force Hard At Work

The task force recommended language for the Teen Suicide and Violence Prevention Act in the state legislature and was presented by its sponsors to both the Alabama House of Representatives and the Senate for enactment. In 2008 national, state and local resources were used to develop: Radio and TV spots;…

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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),…

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2010 – ASPARC Applies for Non-Profit Status

Early in 2010 ASPARC members are focusing on fulfilling paperwork requirements to request 501(c)3 status for ASPARC. This will enable ASPARC to elicit donations and solicit grants independently. In May, attending member of the ASPTF elected the following officers and board members: Acquanetta Knight, President* Judith Harrington, Vice President Martha…

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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…

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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…

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2015-2019 – ASPARC Looking to Future

In 2015 the GLS grant from SAMHSA ended after 3 years of successful activity. In 2016 SAMHSA asked ASPARC and our partners to re-apply to SAMHSA for a 5 year extension of the GLS program through the Alabama Department of Public Health. The application was approved and funded so we…

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