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[FSSA] Indiana Suicide Prevention Plan
Start Date: 9/13/2012
End Date: 9/13/2012
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FSSA Encourages Support of “Out of the Darkness” Community Walk

Indiana State Suicide Prevention Plan from DMHA and ISDH Now Available


INDIANAPOLIS (September 13, 2012) -- As a sponsor of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s “Out of the Darkness” community walk, the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA) of the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) encourages anyone affected by or concerned about suicide to come together this Saturday to help drive education and research to see improvements in detection and treatment options for mental health related issues.

The walk, to be held this Saturday, September 15th, beginning at 2:30 p.m. at the Celebration Plaza of the White River State Park, is for those living with a depressive illness, those who have attempted suicide, those who have lost someone to suicide and the families and friends that care for these individuals.

In addition, DMHA and the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) have published the Indiana State Suicide Prevention Plan (ISSP). The ISSP was developed to prompt a call to action and provide important resources to Hoosiers.

“As the mother of a wonderful son who took his own life, I can’t emphasize how important it is to make resources easily available to families to help them recognize the risk factors for suicide and learn more about how and when to intervene,” said Lisa Brattain, Founder and Chair of AFSP’s Indiana Chapter. “I hope that having this information readily available will help people make the connection between depression and suicide that we missed with our son.  The state plan is a road map to helping family members and friends understand the action needed to help the people they care about who might be at risk,” she added.

There are five goals of the ISSP

1. Increase the knowledge base among Indiana’s citizens regarding suicide risk and prevention.

2. Support factors that enhance personal wellness and reduce barriers to seeking help.

3. Reduce and eventually eliminate the stigma associated with suicide.

4. Enhance individual and public safety by reducing access to means of harm.

5. Support Indiana communities in the development of protective factors and resiliency.

"In 2010, 867 people died by suicide in Indiana.  These deaths have profound and lasting effects on family, friends and colleagues, and our entire state,” said Joan Duwve, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at the Indiana State Department of Health. “The State Suicide Prevention Plan recognizes that all Hoosiers can help prevent suicide deaths by understanding the risks for suicide, learning how to identify and respond to someone who is at risk for suicide, and eliminating the barriers to receiving life-saving mental health services in our communities and state.  We are all part of the journey from hopelessness to health, preventing the tragic loss of life due to suicide in Indiana." 

“The plan provides valuable resources to help those who are suffering with depression and other mental illness and may be contemplating suicide,” said DMHA director, Kevin Moore.“We hope that making this available to individuals and communities will help to diminish the tragic statistics of suicide.”

Information about the Out of the Darkness Walk can be found at

The full ISSP plan is available at


Contact Information:
Name: Marni Lemons
Phone: 317.234.5287
Entry Type:
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  • Agency Name
    Family and Social Services Administration

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