Suicide is a difficult, yet important topic to discuss with students, faculty and staff on your campus. It’s going to take a comprehensive approach to reduce the issue of mental health on campus and the stigma surrounding it.
To learn 6 effective tips to help with this approach and statistics about student suicide, click here.
One idea to spread mental health awareness and reduce the stigma of student suicide on your campus is to participate in the National Suicide Prevention Month’s #BeThe1To campaign.
Often faculty and staff on campus may be concerned about a student, but are not sure how to handle the situation – and the last thing they want to do is to progress the situation even farther along. A student worrying about a fellow student can also be a challenging situation.
It’s important that college and universities train faculty, staff and students on the warning signs of mental health decline and how to communicate with someone who may be suffering from it.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline shares the 5 Step Action Plan through their #BeThe1To campaign:
It’s important throughout this process to never promise the individual to keep their thoughts of suicide a secret. At any time, if the issue progresses to where safety is in question – you may need to call authorities. To learn the 5 Step Action Plan in detail, click here.
The National Suicide Prevention Line invites everyone to share messages about how they can #BeThe1To by using the hashtag on your social media channels. Here are some examples of how you can #BeThe1To:
If you’d like to learn more about the #BeThe1To movement and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, check out its resources here.
Make sure to check out our 6 effective tips here to put together a comprehensive approach to fighting mental health decline and student suicide on your campus!