About Us

Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative – helping Texas communities become suicide safer.

Since 2001, when an ad-hoc group gathered to develop the first suicide prevention state plan for Texas, community-centered suicide prevention has been critical to the state’s suicide prevention infrastructure.  Data shows that most who are lost to suicide are not involved in the public mental health system — meaning that the majority of upstream prevention must occur in Texas communities, where Texans live, work, practice their faith and play.

Between 2007-2014, the vast majority of this work was funded through federal grants administered by state agencies.  This is no longer the casein Texas.  Since 2016, Texas communities, educators, statewide partners and others have relied on volunteers to maintain and support this critical infrastructure across our state.  In 2019, a group of stakeholders assembled to launch an ambitious initiative:  The Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative.

Formed in the summer of 2019, the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative continues the mission of supporting Texas communities, statewide partners and other stakeholder to enhance and grow competency and capacity through out our state to improve suicide prevention outcomes for all Texans.  Simply put: The mission of the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative’s  is to help our state suicide safer for all Texans.

Looking forward, there is great opportunity to support Texas communities.  Working together across public and private partners we know all Texans can find hope, help and recovery for a brighter futures.

2019 Board of Directors

Beverly Bernzen

Troy Bush-DiDonato

Josette Saxton

Lisa Sullivan

Margie Wright


This website is intended for informational purposes only and is not for mental health care, diagnosis or treatment.  The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS, the Texas Suicide Prevention Collaborative  (and its contractors volunteers and staff) , the Texas Suicide Prevention Council or the Texas Health and Human Services Commission nor is any liability assumed relative to the use of this information. Please consult your health care professional for information related to your specific needs or call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). 

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