Core Competencies for Suicide Prevention Program Managers

SPRC has been providing technical assistance to Garrett Lee Smith (GLS) grantees since 2005. Over the years, we have observed that successful suicide prevention programs often share similar characteristics.  

The core competencies listed in the model below are based on our experience working with GLS grantees and other communities implementing suicide prevention programs. These competencies represent key ingredients for grantee success. Each of the 11 competency areas outlines specific knowledge, practices, and skills that can help maximize your program's impact. 

Click on the sections of the model below to learn more about each core competency area and how your SPRC Prevention Specialist can help you strengthen your program. Please contact your Prevention Specialist to learn more about these core competencies. For more information and resources, see Effective Suicide Prevention and Resources and Programs



capacity
communication
cultural
strategic
data
collaboration
community
evaluation
sustainability
leadership
infrastructure