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Mental Health Promotion

When we talk about mental and emotional health, many of us think immediately of the need for counseling or psychiatric services.

In addition to providing quality mental health treatment, best practices in mental health promotion and suicide prevention recommend clear protocols for supporting students in crisis, extensive commitment and training throughout the community to assist students in crisis, promoting social connection and life skills for students, and helping the community to understand that it’s really okay to ask for help.

Our community-based approach incorporates:

  • Coordination of collaborative efforts to review and improve protocols for responding to students in crisis.
  • Training for university employees to recognize students in crisis and provide support.
  • Collaborative efforts to develop life skills, promote social connection, and normalize help-seeking behavior.

Workshops to support your mental health

  • You can request a workshop on a specific mental or emotional health topic of interest for your living group, student organization, or event.
Coping with COVID
  • Take the Coping with COVID workshop to learn about coping strategies, how to seek help if needed, and how to provide support to others who may be in distress. This workshop will return in spring semester, but you can request a training for your group.

Trainings for responding to someone in crisis

  • Learn to identify and support students in crisis by taking our Campus Connect suicide prevention training.
  • Take a Mental Health First Aid class to expand your skills with recognizing and assisting someone experiencing a mental health crisis.

Other ways to get involved

Are you looking for a way to support the mental health of our campus community?

Warning signs for suicide

Recognizing these warning signs might help prevent a suicide attempt:

  • Statements indicating suicidal thinking
  • References indicating a desire to die
  • Depression or other mood changes
  • Withdrawal from friends/family
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Impulsiveness or recklessness
  • Anger and anxiety
  • Feeling trapped and hopeless
  • Suffering a major loss or life change
  • Access to self-destructive means

How to help a suicidal person

If you think someone you know may be considering suicide:

  • Take all comments about suicide seriously.
  • Ask directly, “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
  • Do not let anxiety of a “yes” response prevent you from asking.
  • Listen to the person and acknowledge their pain.
  • Help the person feel understood and let them know you care.
  • Avoid judging or inducing guilt.
  • Avoid being pledged to secrecy.
  • Do not leave an actively suicidal person alone.
  • Refer the individual to professional help.
  • If help is refused, consult with a professional.

Resources for students in crisis

Learn more about crisis support services.