Community Connectedness Award
Purpose, Process, and Guidelines
Presented by the Delaware Suicide Prevention Coalition
Why: Research has shown that connectedness is one of the strongest protective factors against suicide. When someone feels that they are understood and that they belong, their chances of taking their own life decrease significantly. By acknowledging these areas of connectedness in our communities, we not only highlight places that individuals may access but also encourage others to consider this factor in their work with groups.
Who: Any organization or individual in Delaware or Morrow County may be nominated for the CCA if they can complete the application demonstrating their ability to create connectedness in their specific community. Applicants may nominate their organization, a different organization, or an individual.
What: The CCA represents the demonstrated ability to create a sense of connectedness, belonging, and empowerment for the community. The individual or organization awarded the CCA has created an atmosphere of understanding the acceptance for a group of few or many- especially those who face mental health challenges. Because of this work, there is a safe space for individuals to feel that they are cared for and their lives have a purpose.
When: The work of the award recipient must occur within Delaware and Morrow County and may include various positions. The nomination applications are due by 5:00 pm on August 1st of each awarding year and the recipient will be acknowledged at the Annual Suicide Prevention Walk in September.
Where: The nomination application can be downloaded from the HelpLine of Delaware & Morrow Counties, Inc. website and submitted by ground mail, fax, or e-mail to Mlencl@helplinedelmor.org
How: Once the applications have been received by the deadline, the DSPC will arrange a cohort of people to judge each one using a basic scoring system. This cohort cannot include a DSPC member who is also being nominated individually or through their organization/school. The cohort will decide on one award recipient per year and the rest will receive an honorable mention certificate from the DSPC.