Interventions to promote emotional health and prevent mental health problems should be chosen in the context of a strategic thinking and planning process. Taking the time to define the problem that needs to be addressed and clearly define goals will help to maximize success. Whenever possible, campuses should base their interventions on evidence-based research and best practices. Visit SPRC's Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention Model or take our strategic planning online course through SPRC's Training Institute.
- Step 1 involves understanding how suicide affects a community by describing the suicide problem and its context.
- Step 2 involves choosing long-term goals, which are reductions in suicidal behaviors in a specific group of people, associated with a specific risk factor, or in a specific circumstance or setting.
- Step 3 involves identifying key risk and protective factors on which to focus. Changing these key risk and protective factors will help achieve your long-term goals.
- Step 4 involves selecting existing interventions or developing new ones to change the key risk and protective factors identified in Step 3.
- Step 5 focuses on planning an evaluation to track progress and measure success.
- Step 6 involves implementing the interventions and the evaluation plan. Step 6 also involves using evaluation data to monitor implementation, identify and solve problems, and enhance prevention efforts.
- Getting to Outcomes 2004
- Campus Programs in SPRC's Best Practices Registry (BPR)
- Health Education Resource Exchange
- Using Logic Models to Bring Together Planning, Evaluation and Action
- Community Toolbox
- How to Select a Program Evaluator