HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius marked World Suicide Prevention Day on Monday by announcing an ambitious new national suicide-prevention strategy and about $56 million in new grants for national, state, tribal, campus and community suicide-prevention programs.
The grant funding comes primarily through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act—named for former Sen. Gordon Smith's (R-Ore.) son who committed suicide in September 2003—and partially from the 2010 healthcare law's Prevention and Public Health Fund.
Sebelius joined private-sector business leaders, including Marne Levine, vice president of public policy for Facebook, and federal officials, including U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Regina Benjamin, at a news conference in Washington to release the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (PDF). Former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher released the first National Strategy for Suicide Prevention in 2001.