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Virginia Resources

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia

The Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia provides training, consultation and support for program planning, print materials, links to national resources and in-state networking to all Virginia campuses.  The office serves the individuals and teams who build the infrastructurenecessary 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.  Funding comes from a partnership between federal, state and local resources and most services are provided at no cost.

National Resources

Active Minds: The Nation's Premier Non-Profit Organization Supporting Mental Health Awareness and Education for Students
Active Minds is a student lead organization impacting college students and mental health. Now on more than 600 campuses, they directly reach close to 600,000 students each year through campus awareness campaigns, events, advocacy, outreach, and more. Their consistent message, amplified by more than 15,000 students each year, is that mental health needs to be talked about as easily as physical health. Only then can they bring suicide and mental health into the open so no one struggles alone.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center 
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center promotes a comprehensive, public health approach that goes beyond simply providing treatment services by expanding efforts to prevent mental health problems from arising and promote the mental health of all students. This approach relies on data about health problems, including their frequency and impact, to plan interventions. A key assumption in the public health approach is that a combination of activities, policies, and interventions working together, at the individual, interpersonal, and campus levels, is more likely to produce results.

  • Web Pages for Colleges and Universities  Designed specifically for college and university personnel. Our aim is to provide background information, research, resources, and practical examples to support campus suicide prevention and mental health promotion.

The Jed Foundation
The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students.

National College Health Assessment: Reference Group Executive Summary (PDF 1.37 MB) American College Health Association. (2018). National College Health Assessment II: Reference Group Executive Summary, Spring 2018. Silver Spring, MD: American College Health Association (2018).

Strategies for Addressing Mental Health Support on Campus, 2019 (PDF .929 MB) NASPA (National Association of Student Personnel Administrators).

New Data on the Nature of Suicidal Crises in College Students: Shifting the Paradigm Drum DJ, Brownson C, Denmark AB, Smith SE. (2009). New data on the nature of suicidal crises in college students: Shifting the paradigm. Professional Psychology, 40(3): 213-222.

The Center for Collegiate Mental Health: 2018 Annual Report (PDF 8.36 MB)  Executive Summary. Pennsylvania State University.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Brochures, wallet cards, and other resources can be ordered on this website, and there is a new section addressing veterans’ mental health issues and suicide.