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Students, Parents and Suicide: What’s the Role of the University, 2018
This article looks at the legal and moral obligations that a college or university has regarding students in crisis and when to involve the parents.

Virginia Suicide Prevention Resource Directory, 2016 (PDF .83 MB)
This directory is designed to provide an easy to use reference of programs available in Virginia to assist individuals who may need suicide prevention resources. The directory also provides a list of available resources that are needed when people are impacted by suicide. The directory is organized into the following categories: hotlines, community mental health centers, statewide mental health facilities, coalitions, support groups, and resources. Whenever possible, all known national, state, and local resources are provided.

Recognizing and Responding to Students in Distress: A Faculty Handbook, 2012 (Flipbook® 120 MB)
Often, there are indicators that a student is experiencing distress long before a situation escalates to a crisis. To assist students in maintaining their mental health and maximizing their intellectual growth, it is important to identify difficulties as early as possible. This handbook will help you to identify students in crisis and provide you with guidance and resources to better help them.

Peer Involvement in Campus-Based Suicide Prevention: Key Considerations, 2011 (PDF .852 MB)
This document helps to guide you through the process of sucessfully creating and implementing a peer helper program. It will briefly review the research on college student suicide, define relevant terms, classify models for peer involvement, review eight key considerations for planning a program, provide examples of programs, suggest topics for future work, and provide additional resources.

Seize the Awkward Campaign
Concerned about a friend who is struggling with their mental health? Reaching out to support them is important. Here is some helpful advice to start the conversation.