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Focus on Life Campaign

Guam endures a disturbingly high rate of suicide among its youth and adult population; close to 60% of all suicide deaths on Guam occur among those 30 years and younger.

Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death on Guam with approximately one suicide death every two weeks. In the 2007 Focus on Life State Plan for Suicide Prevention and Early Intervention, data-driven, community-based approaches were utilized to ensure that youths, their families and communities at risk for suicide were served, particularly in the area of community outreach and education, and skills training among youth, parents, educators and youth services providers to identify and make necessary referrals to treatment.




In 2013, Guam’s Focus on Life will not only be to strengthen what has been accomplished within the recent three years, but to take action to build and expand suicide prevention and early intervention services. It is anticipated that with comprehensive and strategic planning, leveraging of funding, personnel and other resources, the problems related to suicide and the need to mobilize the state and community-level partnership to prevent continued self-harming and risk-taking behaviors would be successfully addressed. The grant goals for the second round of Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Grant funding (FY 2013 – 2015) will be to:


  1. Increase the number of persons in youth-serving organizations such as schools, foster care systems, juvenile justice programs, trained to identify and refer youth at risk for suicide;

  2. Increase the number of health, mental health, and substance abuse providers trained to assess,  manage and treat youth at risk for suicide;

  3. Increase the number of youth identified as at risk for suicide;

  4. Increase the number of youth at risk for suicide referred for behavioral health care services;

  5. Increase the number of youth at risk for suicide who receive behavioral health care services; and

  6. Increase the promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and Guam’s 24-Hour Crisis Hotline and Youth Helpline Services as part of Guam’s ongoing prevention media campaign and training events, to include permanent posting on www.peaceguam.org.



 

 


 

CLOSING THE GAPS: Preventing Suicide on the Islands

Guam endures a disturbingly high rate of suicide among its youth and adult population; close to 60% of all suicide deaths on Guam occur among those 30 years and younger. Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death on Guam with approximately one suicide death every two weeks.




In 2009, the Guam Behavioral Health and Wellness Center launched "Focus on Life," a media campaign that aims on raising the awareness for the need to address the issue of suicide on Guam. Moving forward in 2013, Guam's Focus on Life will not only be to strengthen what has been accomplished within the recent three years, but to take action to build and expand suicide prevention and early intervention services. This film features survivors, trained caregivers and suicide prevention resources who speak of the pain that suicide had caused or may cause our people, and how we can live through those pains so that it will not happen again.


Special thanks to all those who were involved in the production of the video. Because of you and your commitment, we are able to share Guam's prevention story.

* To request copies, provide feedback or get more information about this film, contact Sara Dimla at (671) 477-2301 or sara.dimla@mail.dmhsa.guam.gov. (Link: P&T Services Request Form)




Focus on Life Sub-Grantees Contact Information

 

 

Sanctuary Inc.

Contact Person: Millie Lujan

406 Maimai Rd. Chalan Pago, Guam 96910

Phone: 475-7101
Fax: 477-3117

millielujan@sanctuaryguam.org
 

Inafa’ Maolek, Inc.

Contact Person: Rachel Karry

P.O. Box CE Hagatna, Guam 96932

Phone: 475-1977
Fax: 475-1977

rkarry.guampeace@gmail.com

Youth for Youth LIVE, Guam

Contact Person: Allyson Iseke/Gayle Osborn

P.O. Box 12724 Tamuning, Guam 96931

Phone: 688-8878
Fax: 477-9076

allykanani@gmail.com
 

Life Works Guam

Contact Person: Marie Halloran

P.O. Box 22635 GMF Barrigada, Guam 96921

Phone: 477-3574 | 632-0257 | 483-0257
Fax: 637-0004

rainbows@yahoo.com


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