Although most depressed people are not suicidal, most suicidal people are depressed. Over 60% of all people who die by suicide suffer from major depression disorder, often unrecognized and untreated. Depression is treatable!
Nearly half of all college students say they felt so depressed that they found it difficult to function in the past school year. One in 10 college students has considered suicide. Suicide is a leading cause of death among youth attending colleges and universities in the United States; however, despite a rise in previous decades the rate has been stable or decreasing since the early 1990's. College and university students have a significantly lower risk of suicide than peers their age who do not attend school. Commuter students, older students, LBGT students, and international students face higher risk of suicide and have less adequate services available to them than the general college population.
The majority of students who contemplate suicide do not seek professional help, and nearly 80% of students who die by suicide never received services at their campus counseling centers. This may be due to the fact that only 26% of college youth are aware of their campus mental health resources.
Student Suicide Resources and related links and articles
- The Jed Foundation - The Jed Foundations mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.
- ULifeline - 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.
- JedCampus - helps schools create a framework for a campus community where emotional well being is nurtured and protected.
- Transition Year - The Transition Year is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.
- Love is Louder - A social networking campaign and grassroots movement that helps students and campuses create connectedness and encourage help-seeking.
- Half of Us - Through Half of Us, mtvU and the Jed Foundation aim to initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect students to the appropriate resources to get help.
- Active Minds - Active Minds aims to remove the stigma that surrounds mental health issues, and create a comfortable environment for an open conversation about mental health issues on campuses nationwide.
- Preventing Suicidal Behavior Among College and University Students - Fact sheet from the National Center For the Prevention of Youth Suicide (a program of AAS)
- App for College Students focuses on Suicide Prevention - USA Today article
Over the past 5 years, the Suicide Prevention Program has hosted 4 Suicide Prevention on College Campus Conferences. The links below are to materials that was shared at any one of the conferences.
- Building Momentum for Suicide Prevention on Campus
- Assessing Campus Readiness
- Developing Awareness Through the Media
- AFSP's Internet Screening Program
- Suicide Prevention on College Campus
- Clinical Risk Screening of Students
- Student Health Report
- Suicide Prevention Outreach
- Using a Campus Task Force
- Alcohol Mental Health and Risk
- Critical Mental Health Resources for College Students