b'DEAR COLLEAGUES,The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia is one of many organizations working to promote safety and wellness withinpublic and private campus communities across the Commonwealth. The Center utilizes a Public Health approach to build the infrastructure necessary to promote mental health for all students, identify and support those with mental health concerns and effectively respond to individuals who are at risk for suicide. Though the work of suicide prevention is complex, our guiding principles are not.Like the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), we believe that:1. Behavioral health is essential to health. Advances in neuroscience have made it clear that behavioral and emotional health are an integral part of overall health and wellness. 2. Prevention works. Promoting wellness and catching problems early decreases the risk for a host of undesirable outcomes, including suicide.We also know that distressed students fare much better, personally as well as academically, if they are able to stay in school.This means that early intervention is a key strategy for helping students recover and remain healthy and productive. By helping to identify, 4'