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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.

College Peer Support Programs for Mental Health, 2020 (Google® spreadsheet/opens new window)
Created by Hokie Wellness at Virginia Tech this frequently updated spreadsheet provides a list of mental health-based peer support programs from institutions across the country. Links to programs are provided where possible along with a brief description. If you know of a peer support model or program that is not listed, there is an option to submit one for review and possible addition to the list.

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.

Peer Involvement in Campus-Based Suicide Prevention: Key Considerations, 2011 (PDF/.852 Megabytes)
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 (opens new window)
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. This website includes brief-videos and a campus toolkit for implementation.


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