The CARES UP Initiative (Changing the Conversation, Awareness, Resilience, Empower Peers, Skills Building/ Suicide Prevention for Uniformed Personnel) was developed by OMH’s Suicide Prevention Center of NY (SPCNY).
The program will utilize $1,000,000 in funding annually from OMH to provide grant opportunities for Uniformed Personnel Departments and Veteran Serving Organizations across the State with funding to improve suicide prevention efforts and bolster wellness and resiliency programming.
This funding is important because first responders and uniformed personnel regularly face stress and trauma. This can lead to increased risk of significant issues, including marital/family strain, poor sleep, depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, substance misuse, and even suicide. Recent studies have indicated that first responders are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty. Identifying and understanding the growing mental health concerns within our uniformed personnel and Veteran communities highlight the critical need for initiatives like CARES UP.
Please see below for a funding opportunity that can help improve your organizations suicide prevention efforts and bolster wellness and resiliency programming. The deadline for this funding opportunity is November 1, 2023.
For First Responders (Fire Services, EMS, Corrections, Law Enforcement):
For Veteran Serving Organizations:
If you have any questions, please contact CARESUP@omh.ny.gov