About The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia

Our Work:

1: We support teams in developing and using a comprehensive plan for their campuses.

We teach and promote a public health model that brings together people from various campus roles with a combination of strategies designed to adapt to meet unique needs and resources.

2: We provide online and on-site/regional training for Virginia’s campus professionals.

We offer evidence-based interventions and programs covering clinical assessment and intervention, gatekeeper (“first aid”) training, postvention, and training for campus planners.

3: We facilitate collaboration between campus professionals via online meetings.

We host meetings over Zoom every other week during each semester with educational presentations and discussions about real scenarios. Typical attendance is 75+ campus professionals per session.

4: We share resources related to suicide prevention and wellness promotion on higher education campuses.

We’ve curated a library of nearly 200 resources about suicide prevention, mental health, wellness promotion, and more.

5: We support students in the transition period between high school and college or the workforce.

We support students to increase mental wellness, enhance strengths, build life skills, and deepen social connections.

6: We provide technical assistance to campus professionals about suicide and community well-being.

We help campus professionals develop strategic plans for campus communities and effectively respond to crisis.

Our Team:

Danette Gibbs, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Jane Wiggins, Ph.D.

Director of Training

Tara Nunley, LPC

Programs Manager

Jane Hubbell, M.Ed.

Grant Administrator

Annette Williams, M.Ed.

Community College Specialist

Sherry Ceperich, Ph.D.

Training and Development Coordinator – High School Transitions Project

Lee-Duffy Ledbetter, MS

Project Manager – High School Transitions Project

Scott Pruett, MS

Technical Coordinator, Web Administrator

Our Values:

  • Collaborative: Effective suicide prevention and mental health promotion is done best when we can share lessons learned, and when we can work together towards common goals. We promote both intra- and intercampus collaboration. Silos must be broken down so that interdisciplinary solutions can help advance the well-being of all stakeholders. As an organization, we aim to come alongside our stakeholders and learn from one another to help both individual campuses and the Commonwealth achieve our goals of community well-being. 
  • Accessible: Our staff seeks to be approachable, and programming is designed to be accessible to and supportive of all campuses, regardless of their resources and where they are in their journey toward comprehensive suicide prevention and mental well-being promotion.
  • Comprehensive: We promote suicide prevention with the big picture in mind. Our approach involves combining a variety of strategies implemented at various ecological levels (individual to systems) and across the full scope of prevention (universal, selective, and indicated). 
  • Data-informed: Our work seeks to identify and promote best practices supported by research evidence yet adapted for effective implementation with the unique communities and individuals our Center serves.
  • Sustainable: We are not a one-time program or service but foster ongoing relationships with the intention of being a stable and ongoing support for campuses. We provide dynamic solutions that can adapt and evolve in response to both internal and external changes across time.