SCYSPI does not offer crisis counseling or emergency services...


The South Carolina Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative is a grant program of the Department of Mental Health (DMH). We are federally funded and evaluated by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

We have been tasked with reducing the instance of suicide among youth and young adults ages ten to twenty four in South Carolina. However, our systemic efforts positively impact the health and wellness of diverse populations across the lifespan. 

We promote strength, resiliency, and hope for young people and their families by developing collaborative partnerships with statewide community-based organizations, state and local agencies, hospitals, inpatient facilities, academic institutions and many others who work together to reduce the incidents of suicide in youth and young adults throughout our state. 

We function with the knowledge that suicide is largely preventable. Prevention is achieved through efforts that promote collaboration, early identification, access to information/resources/treatment, and continuity of care.

Our efforts include, but are not limited to:

  • Suicide Prevention School-Based Program
  • ZeroSuicide Program Implementation in health and behavioral health care settings
  • Provide access to information and resources
  • Best Practice Suicide safe policy and protocol development
  • Follow-up / Aftercare planning and development
  • Destigmatization and awareness strategies
  • Tiered comprehensive best practice for community members and multi-disciplinary audiences
  • Cultural competency trainings focused on high risk populations (i.e. LGBTQI populations, individuals living with serious mental mental illnesses, trauma informed care...)
  • Coalition and task force development
  • Postvention Consultation

All functions of our initiative come at no cost to your institution. We would greatly appreciate the opportunity to create a Suicide Safe South Carolina by developing a relationship with your organization.