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Virginia Suicide Prevention Resource Directory, 2020 (PDF/1.10 Megabytes)
This directory is designed to provide a comprehensive 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. Whenever possible, all known national, state, and local resources are provided.

Supporting College Student Mental Health: Parents' Perspectives (PDF/.34 Megabytes)
Provided by the Mary Christie Foundation, this report, based on 1,010 parental surveys, looks at issues including: to what degree parents know about their students' mental health while on campus; how knowledgeable they are of their campus' behavioral health resources; what they assume they'll be told about these issues; and how worried they are about them in general.

Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health, 2016 (PDF/2.69 Megabytes)
This guide is provided by The Jed Foundation and the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) and is for both parents and students. The guide provides crucial information about mental health issues in higher education settings. For parents, it provides steps that can be taken to give as needed support to their students. Students are encouraged to use the information to begin a discussion about mental health.


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