Mt. Sinai Awards LifeAct with Important Efficacy Grant
The Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation awarded a grant of $32,500 to LifeAct to support a one-time special project to evaluate the efficacy of LifeAct’s suicide prevention program for high school students, “Recognizing Teen Depression and Preventing Suicide”. LifeAct is headquartered in Cleveland.
LifeAct has entered into a partnership with University Hospitals to perform a rigorous scientific evaluation using SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Agency) criteria. Programs that meet SAMHSA “Best Practices” standards are listed on its National Registry. Registry listing would make LifeAct’s programs eligible for SAMHSA program support, adding a sustainable earned revenue stream to its annual income sources.
Last school year, LifeAct’s depression awareness and suicide prevention programs were delivered to over 25,000 high school and middle school students in Northeast Ohio. 1,790 of those students came forward seeking help for themselves or a friend. Shockingly, suicide is the leading cause of death for Ohio teens, after accidents, and the situation is escalating.
LifeAct was founded in 1992 by Lyman H. Treadway. For information about the middle school or the high school education programs or other services provided by LifeAct, contact Mary McKenna at (216) 464-3471 or mmckenna@LifeAct.org.