• Active Minds, Inc. is a student organization dedicated to promote a dialogue about mental health issues on campus and combat the incidence of student suicide. Their Send Silence Packing Campaign uses a traveling exhibit of 1,100 backpacks representing the number of college student lives lost to suicide each year.

 

 

  • The Best Practices Registry (BPR) is a collaboration of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. The BPR contains evidence-based (i.e., based on scientific research) practices for suicide prevention (Section I listings), as well as programs that include (1) guidance and recommendations created by experts or consensus processes (Section II listings); and (2) programs, practices, and policies that have undergone review to assess whether the content is accurate, safe, likely to meet specified objectives, and consistent with standards of program design (Section III listings). A number of education and training programs are listed on the BPR. Because the BPR is updated with new programs regularly, we have elected not to list them all here. However, here is one to check out.

 

 

 

  • Half of Us: A campaign of the JED Foundation, which initiates a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues on campus and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help. Suicide is among the specific topics addressed.

 

 

  • ULifeline—Suicide Prevention:  A project of the JED Foundation, which provides an anonymous, confidential, online resource center, where college students can be comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental health and suicide prevention.

 

 

 

  • Suicide in Schools: A Practitioners Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention: Utilizing a multi-level systems approach, this book includes step-by-step guidelines for developing crisis teams and prevention programs, assessing and intervening with suicidal youth, and working with families and community organizations during and after a suicidal crisis. (Please note that Dr. Erbacher is on the Executive Committee of PAYSPI and Dr. Singer is on the PAYSPI Advisory Board. No proceeds from the sale of this book go to PAYSPI.) 

 

  • Department of Veteran Affairs: Contains information about mental health issues, including suicide prevention, for veterans, as well as resources for counseling college students who are veterans.

 

  • Healthy Minds Network: This network serves as a resource for secondary and higher education administrators, researchers, clinicians, policymakers, and the public. Based at the University of Michigan, HMN is led by a multi-disciplinary team of scholars from public health, education, medicine, psychology, and information sciences, many of whom are affiliated with the University’s Comprehensive Depression Center.

 

  • Inspire USA Foundation: Working directly with teens and young adults, Inspire USA designs and delivers innovative technology-based services that promote mental health and prevent suicide.

 

  • The Minding Your Mind Foundation leads initiatives that reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues among adolescents in middle school, high school and college. Their outreach programs enlighten students, families and educators about the warning signs of mental health issues that are so often masked by adolescent behavior. By promoting open dialogue at school and at home, these programs encourage young adults and families to seek the appropriate help.

 

  • Jana Marie Foundation empowers young people, especially young women in their teens, to make positive choices, practice self-respect and maintain healthy relationships by providing opportunities for personal growth and self-expression. Through active community engagement and programs like The Stompers Project® and Candid Conversations video series, JMF works to promote mental health and prevent suicide in schools and communities.

 

  • NAMI on Campus provides information and resources to support students’ mental health and to empower them to take action on their college campuses. It helps to ensure that all students have positive, successful and fun college experiences.

 

  • People Prevent Suicide: Envisions a world where all stakeholders of college campus life are prepared to prevent suicide and to support those affected by it. Aims to provide student leaders, counselors, safety and health professionals, parents, spiritual leaders, senior administrators, faculty/staff, friends and media with toolkits on how to prepare for the prevention of and response to suicide on college campuses.

 

  • ReachOut.com is the Inspire USA Foundation’s primary online platform and avenue of outreach.

 

  • The Trevor Project: The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth