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Mental Health Concerns
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Figure 1: Estimated numbers of students at risk for suicide on
two different size campuses.
Clearly, preventing suicide, suicidal thinking and suicidal
behavior are a priority to those who work to create safe
campus communities. The good news for a college
community? Statistics also tell us that 18-24 year olds who
are in college are at HALF the risk of suicide compared to their
non-student counterparts. That is, being part of a campus
community is believed to have a protective effect. While we
don’t have the full explanation for these findings, experts
suggest that key factors may be reduced access to firearms,
the greater availability of mental health care and richer
connections to a supportive network. The continued study of
suicide risk within campus communities may well teach us
Percentage of students in this
past year who have:
1,000
students?
10,000 students?
Seriously thought of suicide
7%
70
700
Made a plan for suicide
2%
20
200
Attempted suicide
1%
10
100