Our vision is to lead the Commonwealth in providing and promoting opportunities for all Kentuckians
to become active in the reduction of suicide deaths and attempts.
Our mission is to decrease suicide deaths and attempts in the Commonwealth through
advocacy, education, training and evaluation.
We believe suicide is a preventable public health problem, and we are devoted to help keep our fellow Kentuckians alive. Suicide is a leading cause of death in our state, particularly for our youth and young adults.
As the basis for a collaborative development of a state suicide prevention plan, Kentucky’s Division of Mental Health recruited stakeholders from a number of interest areas and from all over the state. At the first meeting in March 2002, approximately 25 people were in attendance who subsequently formed the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Planning Group. The Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group is made up of people who have been affected by suicide, either personally or professionally.