Alliance and Suicide Prevention Lab

The University of South Florida Collaborative Suicide Prevention Project

Project Overview

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently awarded a new three-year, $612,000 grant (which includes a $306,000 university match) to the University of South Florida (USF) as part of the Garret Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Initiative.This initiative, under the direction of Principal Investigator, Marc Karver, Ph.D. and Co-Principal Investigators, Kim Gryglewicz, Ph.D., Stephen Roggenbaum, MA., and Jack Darkes, Ph.D., plans to build upon university and state level resources and programs to enhance the existing university infrastructure and capacity to deliver and sustain effective mental health and substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery support services for college students.Collaborative efforts with campus departments, centers, organizations, groups, and community agencies will center on initiatives designed to raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health wellness, enhance clinical competency standards to assess and manage suicide risk, and improve campus crisis protocols and care coordination systems to better identify, link, and follow-up with potentially at-risk students.


Specifically, the goals of the USF-CSPP are to:


Prevention services will target specific at-risk populations including (but not limited to): veterans, LGBTQ2-S students, racial and ethnically diverse students, international students, first generation students, student athletes, student substance users, and non-traditional students.