NEWS ARTICLES AND
- “Bucking Privacy Concerns,
Cornell Acts as Watchdog, Staff Trained to Spot Students in Distress;
Campus Suicides Drop” by Elizabeth Bernstein, The Wall Street Journal.
- “Colleges Put Out Safety Nets”
by Marilyn Elias, USA Today.
- “Falling Through the Cracks –
Virginia Tech and the Restructuring of College Mental Health Services” by
Miriam Shuchman, M.D., The New England
Journal of Medicine.
- National Mental Health and
Anti-Stigma Campaign for Colleges and Universities
SAMHSA in collaboration with the Ad
Council has delivered their National Mental Health Stigma public service
advertising (PSA) campaign for the first
time directly to colleges and universities throughout the country. The campaign
aims to reach 18-25 year olds and is designed to decrease negative attitudes that surround mental illness
by encouraging these young adults to support friends with mental health
Suicide on College Campuses”, SAMHSA News
the November/December 2007 edition topics related to the prevention of suicide
on college campuses are highlighted.
- “Sense of belonging a key to
suicide prevention” by Anne Harding, Reuters.
- Advancing School Mental Health
Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health will be held in Phoenix, Arizona on September 25-27. Sponsored by
the Center for School Mental Health (CSMH) and the IDEA Partnership, this year’s conference theme is “School Mental Health
for All Students: Building a Shared Agenda for Youth, Families, Schools,
- March 2008 Programming Focuses
on College Students’ Mental Health
Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on preventing suicide among
college students, and mtvU, MTV’s college network, have dedicated March
programming to college students’ mental health. A component of the “Half of Us”
campaign, the programming will focus on the toll that stress and other
emotional issues are having on the national college audience and provide
additional online resources and information about where to get help on campus.
Learn more about this campaign and current programming at mtvU’s “Half of Us
Jed Foundation offers the following resources:
- Approach to Comprehensive Mental Health Promotion and
Suicide Prevention for Colleges and Universities
Care: A new initiative designed to assist campuses in improving student mental
health and well-being
Depression and Suicidal Behaviors in Students Studying Abroad: Identifying
Students at Risk
”Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or
Suicidal College Student
- The Jed Foundation Framework: Developing Campus Protocols
for the At-Risk Student (PowerPoint)
What information and resources are useful for a college to consider when
planning suicide prevention initiatives
Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in College and University Settings”
by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
Tech Tragedy: Tips for Educators, Students and Parents” by Mental Health America.
- “An empirically supported
program to prevent suicide in a college student population” by P. Joffe, Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior
report of widely known, but less understood, intervention describes the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne’s suicide prevention program, which
includes a policy requiring any student who threatens or attempts suicide to
attend four sessions of professional assessment as a condition of continued enrollment in the university. The program
also includes a Suicide Prevention Team, to whom 2,017 suicide incidents have
been submitted since the program’s inception 21 years ago. After implementation
of the program, the rate of suicide at locations within Champaign County (the university’s location)
declined 45.3 percent compared to the eight years prior.
- “Should we invest in suicide
prevention” by Sari, Castro, Newman, and Mills, The
Journal of Socio-Economics.
Suicide is the
third leading cause of death among college aged youth in Florida. However, there is no prevention
program targeting this population group. This paper examines the potential
impact of making two prevention
programs, general suicide education, and peer support programs available for
college students. The results show that both programs increase social welfare
by creating social benefits which exceed
the costs of the programs.
- “Suicidal anorexics: Determined
to die?” by Kathleen Kingsbury, Time Magazine
conducted at the University of Vermont supports the previous research
findings indicating that women with
anorexia nervosa are more likely than women without anorexia to die by suicide. Researchers claim that anorexics
have a “likelier propensity toward suicide” and that they choose more lethal means when attempting
- Helping Hands Grant Program
This program was
established to encourage medical students to participate in community service activities,
particularly those focused on underserved populations; raise awareness of
mental illness and the importance of early recognition of illness; and build
and interest amongst medical students in psychiatry and working in underserved