Statement as issued Wednesday by the university:
FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne(IPFW) has been awarded a $285,393 grant funded through the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act, with Jeannie DiClementi, associate professor of psychology, as its principal investigator.
The grant is managed by the Suicide Prevention Branch within the Center for Mental Health Services in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
The three-year grant will fund IPFW Project COMPASS: COMmunity Partners Against Student Suicide. According to DiClementi, this is the first comprehensive student- and campus-focused suicide prevention grant ever awarded to IPFW. “While this is a campus-wide program, particular focus will be on three groups of students: military/veteran students, racial and ethnic minority students, and members of sexual and gender identity minority groups,” said DiClementi
“Gatekeeper training, educational programming, and anti-harassment training will all be components of this program. All training and educational workshops will be open to students, faculty, and staff, as well as family members and others who are invested in the wellbeing of our students. We have a number of community partners in addition to our campus partners who all have pledged to work together to develop this program and to keep our students healthy and supported.”
“I am really excited for this opportunity to develop this program for our campus. I also am grateful to Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs George McClellan, former Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Bill McKinney, and the Office for Research, Engagement, and Sponsored Programs (RESP) for their support and advocacy in the development of this grant," added DiClementi.