Project LIFE: Living Is For Everyone

Steven S. Martin, Principal Investigator
Daniel Howard, Graduate Research Assistant

Initiated: 2008

Funding Source: Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Their Families

Project Summary:

The Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition’s (DSPC) Project LIFE is a comprehensive, statewide suicide prevention initiative targeting youth ages 10-24. By creating new programming and leveraging existing sources, the DSPC aims to reduce negative behaviors and enhance resiliency in youth most at-risk for suicide. Project LIFE takes a public health and community-based approach to suicide prevention by identifying the broader patterns of suicidal behavior through groups and populations. Following the Guiding Principles of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, DSPC is designed to be a catalyst for social change, with the power to transform attitudes, policies and services. The goals of Project LIFE are to prevent suicidal behaviors by enhancing resiliency, reduce the impact of suicide and suicidal behaviors on individuals, families and communities, and improve access to an availability of prevention services for vulnerable, high-risk individuals.