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SPAN - the Suicide Prevention Alliance of Northern Virginia - is a regional coalition of the Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax-Falls Church, Loudoun, and
Prince William Community Services Boards (CSBs) and other groups in Northern Virginia, all working together to raise awareness and share resources to prevent suicide.
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Goal 1. Integrate and coordinate suicide prevention activities across multiple sectors and settings.
Goal 2. Implement research-informed communication efforts designed to prevent suicide by changing knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors.
Goal 3. Increase knowledge of the factors that offer protection from suicidal behaviors and that promote wellness and recovery.
Goal 4. Promote responsible media reporting of suicide, accurate portrayals of suicide and mental illnesses in the entertainment industry, and the safety of online content related to suicide.
Goal 5. Develop, implement, and monitor effective programs that promote wellness and prevent suicide and related behaviors.
Goal 6. Promote efforts to reduce access to lethal means of suicide among individuals with identified suicide risk.
Goal 7. Provide training to community and clinical service providers on the prevention of suicide and related behaviors.
Goal 8. Promote suicide prevention as a core component of health care services.
Goal 9. Promote and implement effective clinical and professional practices for assessing and treating those identified as being at risk for suicidal behaviors.
Goal 10. Improve access to behavioral health care.
Goal 11. Provide care and support to individuals affected by suicide deaths and attempts to promote healing and implement community strategies to help prevent further suicides.
Goal 12. Increase the timeliness and usefulness of relevant surveys and other data sources relevant to suicide prevention and improve the ability to collect, analyze and use information for action.
Goal 13. Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of suicide prevention interventions and systems and synthesize and disseminate findings.