Mental Health and Well-being

Each member of our BGSU community, including our students, faculty, staff, parents and families, must work together to promote mental health and well-being. Let us be part of a community where we support one another with kindness and understanding.

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THRIVE is a campus-wide comprehensive well-being initiative. At BGSU our mission is to intentionally prepare students, faculty, and staff to lead meaningful and productive lives. THRIVE helps achieve this mission and provide the fundamental life skills, resources, and support to enhance the welfare of our campus community.

Signs of distress

  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Feeling trapped – like there's no way out
  • Increasing alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep, or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life

How to provide support

If you have a friend in need, let them know you are willing to help if they need it. Here are a few ways you can help:

  • Show you care.
  • Make yourself aware of resources and reporting.
  • Share a personal positive experience of seeking help, it can make the situation less threatening.
  • Respect their limits.
  • Offer to go to the Counseling Center with them or sit nearby while they make the phone call.
  • If someone does not want help, you can call the Counseling Center and speak to a counselor to get additional ideas for future conversations.

Learn More about providing support

Understanding levels of concern

When you should be highly concerned if someone:

  • States “I want to kill myself”
  • Having a plan or looking for means to kill themselves
  • Extreme self-neglect (prolonged lack of hygiene, not eating for extended periods of time)
  • Disconnected with reality (disorganized thoughts or speech, hallucinations, supernatural beliefs)
  • Cutting with serious or neglected wounds, violent behavior

When you should be concerned, but not emergent if someone:

  • Expresses thoughts of suicide with no plans to act
  • Withdrawn, short term appetite loss
  • Short term lack of sleep
  • Frequent crying
  • Cutting with superficial wounds, angry mood

Don’t be alone in your concerns. Tell a supervisor, RA, advisor, etc. about your concern. You can always contact the Counseling Center to discuss with a professional to gain insight and advice on how to address your concern.

What is Suicide Intervention?

According the Jed Foundation, “mental health problems are a leading impediment to academic success among college students.”  Further suicide remains the second leading cause of death among college students.  The following statement can be found on the Jed Foundation website:

In the past, responsibility for student mental health rested solely on the shoulders of university counseling centers. Today, experts believe the right solution involves all stakeholders — the entire campus community, healthcare professionals, government, young people and their parents — in safeguarding student mental health.

Educate yourself on warning signs of suicide

Become an advocate by Starting The Conversation with other individuals. Start the Conversation and the BGSU Humanities Troupe collaborate to provide monthly training. In a training session, participants learn how to contribute to the Community of Care at BGSU and make sure that no Falcon struggles alone. 

This interactive training teaches how to identify warning signs of people who might be struggling and how to be helpful to them. Learn how powerful simple expressions of care can be and what to do if you know someone in crisis.

Updated: 02/02/2022 02:14PM