Rural Indiana Suicide Evaluation and Education

The Rural Indiana Suicide Evaluation and Education (RISE2) began in July 2020 as a collaborative network with four hospitals in rural Indiana: Gibson General Hospital (Gibson County), Greene County General Hospital (Greene County), Rush Memorial Hospital (Rush County), and Marion General Hospital (Grant County).

RISE2 seeks to improve the health outcomes in these four rural communities by especially focusing on suicide. According to a June 2019 data brief from the Indiana State Department of Health, 2,106 Hoosiers died of suicide during 2016-2017 with a corresponding rate of 15.9 per 100,000.1

Activities during the one year planning period include:

Developing an integrated healthcare network with partnering hospitals to improve health outcomes in four Indiana counties by focusing on suicide awareness, prevention, and treatment.

Identifying community needs and developing strategies that respond to challenges of suicide awareness, prevention, and treatment.

RISE2 will increase awareness of treatment for patients suffering from suicidal thoughts/attempts in rural Indiana. This will be accomplished with mutual accountability, improved access to data, and sharing of evidence-based models.


1 Indiana State Department of Health. “2016-2017 Suicides and Unintentional Drug Overdose Deaths”