Mental Health Promotion

In August 2012 the Washington State Substance Abuse Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Five-Year Strategic Plan was completed, and was updated in March 2013. Depression and suicide prevention is identified as state priorities to address through mental health promotion.  The information below is to support and inform prevention professionals working on the individual or environmental level to improve effectiveness of promotion and prevention efforts.

Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention Request for Applications

DBHR is pleased to announce the availability of funding to support implementation of research-based and promising practices for mental health promotion and suicide prevention. Eligible applicants include community coalitions like Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative (CPWI) coalitions, Drug Free Community Coalitions or suicide prevention coalitions. Additional eligible applicants include community based organizations, Educational Service Districts providing service to youth.

Click here to download the most recent version of the Questions and Answers document.  (Last updated on January 13, 2016.)

Click here to download Application Packet

Click here to download Contractor Information Update Form

Click here to download Contractor Intake Form

Presentation slides from the Dec 29, 2015 and Jan 5, 2016 informational webinars.

Preventing Suicide

To prevent suicide, people need to know about it and talk about it.

Suicide rates for Washington State youth remain higher than the national average (11.67 in Washington vs. 9.58 nationally). (CDC, 2013) And suicide, overall, is increasing in the state.


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