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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (opens new window)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. There is also a section addressing veterans’ mental health issues and suicide. Brochures, wallet cards, and other resources can be ordered on this website.
Active Minds: The Nation's Premier Non-Profit Organization Supporting Mental Health Awareness and Education for Students (opens new window)
Active Minds is a student lead organization impacting college students and mental health. Now on more than 600 campuses, they directly reach close to 600,000 students each year through campus awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more. Their consistent message, amplified by more than 15,000 students each year, is that mental health needs to be talked about as easily as physical health. Only then can they bring suicide and mental health into the open so no one struggles alone.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (opens new window)
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center promotes a comprehensive, public health approach that goes beyond simply providing treatment services by expanding efforts to prevent mental health problems from arising and promote the mental health of all students. This approach relies on data about health problems, including their frequency and impact, to plan interventions. A key assumption in the public health approach is that a combination of activities, policies, and interventions working together, at the individual, interpersonal, and campus levels, is more likely to produce results.
Suicide Among College and University Students in the United States, 2014 (PDF/.43 Megabytes)
This document summarizes the data available on suicidal thoughts, attempts, and deaths among students. It also describes the risk and protective factors that are common among college and university students.
Web Pages for Colleges and Universities (opens new window)
Specific information to help higher education institutions develop ways to prevent suicide from occurring on their campuses.
The Jed Foundation (opens new window)
The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students.
Campus Mental Health Action Planning (CampusMHAP), 2011 (PDF/6.38 Megabytes)
The Jed Foundation and Education Development Center, Inc. created a series of four expert-led online events to guide campuses in developing the most effective approach to promoting mental health and intervening with at-risk students.
Student Mental Health and the Law: A Resource for Institutions of Higher Education, 2008 (PDF/.447 Megabytes)
Published by The Jed Foundation, this publication is a tool to aid colleges in developing awareness of various issues and concerns relating to students' mental health and in developing or revising policies, protocols, and procedures suitable to the unique environment of each particular college.
A Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student, 2006 (PDF/3.23 Megabytes)
This publication is the product of a consensus process led by The Jed Foundation to develop a list of the key issues to consider in developing a comprehensive, campus-wide approach to managing at-risk students.
Strategies for Addressing Mental Health Support on Campus, 2019 (PDF/.929 Megabytes)
This article overviews relevant federal legislation and liability concerns, highlights trends in counseling center practices, and offers recommendations for campus mental health policies and practices.
National College Health Assessment: Reference Group Executive Summary, 2018 (PDF/1.37 Megabytes)
A national research survey organized by the American College Health Association (ACHA) to assist college health service providers, health educators, counselors, and administrators in collecting data about their students' habits, behaviors, and perceptions on the most prevalent health topics.
The Center for Collegiate Mental Health: 2018 Annual Report (PDF/8.36 Megabytes)
This 2018 Annual Report summarizes data contributed to the Center for Collegiate Mental Health (CCMH) during the 2017 to 2018 academic year, beginning July 1st, 2017 and ending on June 30th, 2018. De-identified data were contributed by 152 college and university counseling centers, describing 179,964 unique college students seeking mental health treatment, 3,723 clinicians, and over 1,384,712 appointments.
New Data on the Nature of Suicidal Crises in College Students: Shifting the Paradigm, 2009 (PDF/.272 Megabytes)
This article presents data on the nature of suicidal crises in college students. Data collected from over 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students at 70 colleges and universities via an anonymous web-based survey provided insight into the full spectrum of suicidal thought, intent, and action among college students. The authors discuss implications of these data and outline a problem-focused paradigm for conceptualizing the problem of college student suicidality and for guiding institutional policies and interventions at multiple points along the continuum of suicidal thoughts and behaviors.