• Confronting Suicide Part 2: Prevention Top Focus for Colleges

    Thursday, January 8, 2015
    University of Arizona Campus Health Service officials have been recognized for their suicide prevention efforts by a national prevention organization formed after a UA student took his own life in 1998. The recognition from The Jed Foundation means the UA is complying with best practices for preventing students from dying by suicide. The guidelines were written by the Jed Foundation to reduce the number of suicides among college students, because it is the second highest cause of college students’ deaths, behind vehicle crashes. But tracking the success of such programs is difficult because of... Read More
  • Suicide Prevention Program Keeps Going After Grant Ends

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    A 2011 grant used to create a suicide preventative program recently ran out after three years, but the program is still running. The grant, issued from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, allowed the UA to create Project Lifeline, a suicide prevention operation. “The goals of the project are to decrease stigma around mental health issues, specifically suicide, and to increase help-seeking behaviors among students,” said Melanie Fleck, outreach specialist for health prevention and preventive services at Campus Health Service. “So, encouraging to them to go and seek he... Read More
  • UA Takes Integrated Approach to Suicide Prevention

    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
  • Spreading Hope on Campus - One Note at a Time

    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
  • Breaking the Silence Surrounding Suicide

    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