Prevention by Design Action Plan
NAMI Utah Prevention by Design Project, initiated by contract with Utah’s Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, is a plan for enhancing and coordinating local community networks in systematic and evidence based approaches to the prevention of mental illness and promotion of mental health. This process is based on the Strategic Prevention Framework (SPF)1 and will be implemented using the Communities That Care (CTC)2 prevention planning system.
NAMI Utah developed this plan after a comprehensive needs assessment process was completed in partnership with Utah’s State Epidemiological Outcomes Workgroup (SEOW). The SEOW looked at archival mental health data as well as risk and protective factors related to behavioral health and suicide. A review of current resources in place to address suicide prevention, mental illness prevention, and mental health promotion was also completed. Based on the needs assessment, prioritization process, and resource assessment, the goal of the Utah Prevention By Design will be to address suicide deaths through mental illness prevention and mental health promotion.