Wednesday, September 10, 2014
A systematic, multilevel approach to suicide prevention is used by the University of Arizona to address one of the most important health concerns on college campuses.
Since the 2011 launch of Project Lifeline, a campuswide suicide prevention initiative funded at $306,000 by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 4,100 UA students and employees have been trained in suicide prevention.
"Suicide is preventable. That message is the most important message for raising awareness about suicide," said Melanie Fleck, the outreach specialist for Health Promoti... Read More
Monday, March 3, 2014
By Melanie Fleck, MPH, Outreach Specialist | Health Promotion and Preventive Services, Campus Health Service
Remember leaving notes for your student in their lunch box? Even if you aren’t here to leave notes during college, there is a new campaign on campus with a similar intent.
UA Hope Notes are messages created by students for students. The notes aim to reduce stress and improve coping skills during the ups and downs of college life. They are also meant to foster a sense of community on campus.
The idea came from Hannah Ridinger, a pre-nursing student and member of ASUA’s Student He... Read More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
There are days when Liz Campbell hides in the back room of the building where she works in Scottsdale, Ariz., when she can’t handle being out on the floor. On those days, the thoughts of her daughter’s suicide overwhelm her and force her to take a few minutes to collect herself.
“I’m not sure that you ever really heal from it. You just simply learn not to let it dominate your life,” Liz Campbell said. “It will never go away.”
When her daughter Caitlin Campbell chose to attend the UA in 2010, she went without her close-knit group of friends, who were heading off to Arizona State University. She... Read More
Monday, February 17, 2014
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
National recognition for the University of Arizona's suicide prevention program.
It is the first in Arizona to win the JedCampus seal, an award specifically for universities.
More universities are realizing that suicide prevention should be a focus of their campus health programs.
However, it can take much more than just offering services.
Suicide is considered the second leading cause of death, behind accidents, among college students in this country.
UA Campus Health for students has several elements to it, and that is what has helped it gain this national att... Read More
Monday, February 3, 2014
The New York-based Jed Foundation has recognized the University of Arizona for its work in preventing student suicide.
The Jed Foundation was created in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow, who lost their son Jed to suicide. Jed was a UA student when he took his life in 1998.
The Jed Foundation has a new program called the JedCampus Seal, which it awards to postsecondary institutions that exhibit comprehensive mental health promotion and suicide prevention programming on campus. The UA is one of 37 schools nationwide to be awarded the inaugural seal.
Other schools on the list include the University o... Read More