Who We Are

Guiding Principles/Shared Values

  1. Every life has value
  2. We believe suicide is preventable
  3. Everyone brings a unique perspective.
  4. Meet people, organizations, and businesses where they are at.
  5. We are one Nevada.
  6. We are all connected.
  7. Build hope through healing first.
  8. We are solution focused.
  9. We do the work with people, not for them.
  10. We look at the work we do through a lens of gratitude.
  11. We are accountable.
  12. We value:
    • Acceptance
    • Inclusion
    • Openness
    • Passion
    • Honesty
    • Support
    • Engagement
    • Respect
    • Diversity

Mission: Connecting people and communities to help and hope – suicide prevention is everyone’s business

The vision of the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention ensures all Nevadans feel hopeful and are connected to the resources they need.  In so doing, the coalition hopes that all communities will be free from suicide.  This will be done in the following ways:

  • Eliminate the taboo/stigma related to suicide and encourage open discussion of suicide
  • Promote multiple contacts for help within the community and beyond
  • Raise awareness that suicide is preventable and affects everyone
  • Involve and engage all Nevadans before there is a crisis, thus building trust and networks of support
  • Remind Nevadans that all have a role to play in the prevention of suicide

The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) is a statewide coalition dedicated to suicide prevention efforts and made possible through our members in the mental and physical health professions, business community, survivors, advocates, and other supporters. Our goal is to increase community knowledge and support of suicide prevention through public awareness and education, to help save precious lives.

The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to partnering and collaborating with local and state individuals and organizations for the development and implementation of evidence based suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies and programs in the State of Nevada.
The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention was formed in 2005 by a small group of committed Nevadans whose goal was, and remains, to address the significant problem of suicide in Nevada. From these humble beginnings, NCSP has grown to include public and private representation from across the state, and now offers internationally-recognized training and annual awareness and healing events.

POSITION PAPER ON SUICIDE PREVENTION

The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) was established on March 1, 2005. The Coalition believes that suicide is a major community and public health issue that requires a community solution that can best be accomplished through public and private collaboration.

For decades, Nevada has consistently been among those states reporting the highest incidence of suicide. In 2002, Nevada ranked fourth among the 50 states with a rate of 19.5 per 100,000 populations, which was nearly double that of the national average of 11.0 (Source: American Association of Suicidology). According to the epidemiological studies of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) from 1999-2001, suicide was the 6th leading cause of death in Nevada, with an average of 398 completed suicides by residents each year. National and state research indicates that Nevada’s high rate of suicide is evident for all age groups and all socioeconomic populations in the State, particularly for youth and elderly men. SPRC cites the estimated average cost per case of suicide in Nevada as $2,551 and the average work-loss cost per case as $947,634.

In May 2001, the U.S. Surgeon General issued a plan to reduce the nation’s high rate of suicide in his report: The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives of Action. The National Strategy emphasized the importance of gaining strong and broad support of a variety of organizations and individuals and the coordination of resources ands culturally appropriate services at all levels of government- federal, state, tribal, local and community and with the private sector in the state.

The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP), with its membership and representatives and stakeholders from the community, is in an excellent position to provide support and to play an active role in efforts in suicide prevention and in decreasing its devastating impact. The Coalition supports the following goals and objectives for action:

  • To support the development and coordination and implementation of a Nevada Statewide Suicide Prevention Strategy.
  • To promote awareness that suicide is a public health problem that is preventable (developing education campaigns, sponsoring conferences on suicide and suicide prevention, organizing special- issue forums, disseminating information through the Internet).
  • To develop broad based support for suicide prevention (establishing public/private partnerships, enhancing training and education and increasing the number of professionals, volunteers and faith communities, Crisis Help lines and other groups that integrate suicide prevention activities into their ongoing programs).
  • To support development and implementation of suicide prevention programs in health agencies and facilities, schools, universities, work sites, correctional institutions, substance abuse agencies, and programs for aging, and family, youth and community social service programs.
  • To support research and surveillance systems necessary to track trends in suicide rates.
  • To identify new problems, to provide evidence to support activities and initiatives, to identify risk and protective factors, to target high risk populations for interventions and to assess the impact of prevention effort.
  • To have Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention (NCSP) representation on state and local suicide prevention coalitions that are formed in the state.

CHARTER MEMBERS:

  • Linda Flatt, Facilitator
  • Rena M. Nora, M.D.
  • Randy Jenkins, Ph.D.
  • Michael Bernstein, M. Ed.
  • Barbara Ludwig, RN, M.Ed.
  • Dolly Coke, LCSW
  • Daela Gibson
  • Laurie Moore Moss, MSG, LASW
  • Kendall Wiley
  • Debra Prosser
  • Lynda Tanner-Delgado, MPA
  • Jo Velasquez, Ph.D.
  • Jodi Wass