ERIC Number: ED471674
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
Safeguarding Your Students against Suicide: Expanding the Safety Net. Proceedings from an Expert Panel on Vulnerability, Depressive Symptoms, and Suicidal Behavior on College Campuses.
National Mental Health Association, Alexandria, VA.; Jed Foundation, New York, NY.
In May 2001, former Surgeon General David Satcher released the first national suicide prevention strategy, "The National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action." Successful implementation of this plan requires comprehensive support and collaboration from individuals and organizations within the local community and the public at large. Perhaps nowhere is participation more critical than on the college or university campus, for over the last 60 years the suicide rate among adolescents has tripled, making it the second leading cause of death among college-age students. As a follow-up to the "National Strategy," a panel of leading experts from various disciplines convened to participate in a roundtable discussion addressing the significant impact of suicide on college and university campuses and the urgent need for intervention. The overall objectives were to gain a more thorough understanding about the risk factors and conditions that contribute to suicidal ideation and suicidal behavior among college students and to establish a set of strategies that can be implemented to enhance intervention and ultimately reduce the rate of suicide, suicide attempts, and related behaviors among college students. The information in this report reflects the conclusions and recommendations of the national experts who attended the roundtable. (GCP)
Descriptors: At Risk Persons, Behavior Modification, College Environment, College Students, Depression (Psychology), Higher Education, Prevention, Risk, Self Injurious Behavior, Suicide
National Mental Health Assoc., 2001 N. Beauregard St., 12th Floor, Alexandria, VA 22311. Tel: 800-969-6642 (Toll Free); Tel: 800-433-5959 (TTY) (Toll Free); e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.nmha.org. For full text: http://www.nmha.org/suicide/index.cfm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: National Mental Health Association, Alexandria, VA.; Jed Foundation, New York, NY.