Suicide Prevention at the University of Arizona

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You don’t need to be a superhero to save a life. In fact, students and staff just like you are reaching out to help when others need them most.

College is a time of new experiences and exciting changes, but it can also be accompanied by feelings of anxiety, stress, and hopelessness. Sometimes the challenges of college can contribute to depression and/or thoughts of suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.

In 2008, the UA Campus Health Service received a three-year federal grant through SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to reduce the incidence of suicide. While the grant ended in 2011, many of the programs implemented are still in place and available to students and staff. This effort, called Project Lifeline, offers trainings to give the UA community skills to act, working with classes to include suicide prevention messages, and creating media to reduce stigma around seeking help. If you’d like to learn more about Project Lifeline call (520) 621-5700.