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.
How can BGSU help?
BGSU has a way for anyone to get involved in creating a community of care on campus. Messages of Care welcomes students, faculty, and staff to submit an anonymous message that may be supportive, motivational, or encouraging to remind everyone that we are not alone at BGSU. You never know when your message might give someone courage or bring a smile to someone's face during a challenging time.
You are invited to share your Message of Care with the BGSU community when you see us collecting them at a table in the Student Union or other event on campus. These messages are shared with the community in a variety of ways, including social media. Maybe you will see a Message of Care you would like to share with a friend, classmate, or co-worker!
Help collect messages of care by staffing a table at the Student Union. Individual students or student groups may sign up to help with this. These messages collected on post-it notes are distributed through this website, Twitter, and in various artistic ways throughout campus. If you or your group would like to help with this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
How can you help others?
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.
Tips on 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 local resources.
- 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.