Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. One suicide is too many.
At UM CAPS, 35% of students have thought about or considered suicide. Students also report the following related experiences:
• Perceived or actual lack of support
• Academic concerns that may be experienced as failure
• Lacking coping skills and feelings of Hopelessness
• Identity concerns
Our students are engaged and ready to make a difference. Together, we can impact these experiences and strengthen our community of caring.
Our plan of action aims to change campus culture, to increase resiliency and hope, and to create an environment that is actively and visibly engaged in stopping student suicide. Each of our partners will engage within their own units and with their own students to produce a project that contributes to stopping student suicide.
To Join This Initiative
- Students, faculty and staff are writing messages of hope on wooden tiles. You may have found one on campus. Please join us in spreading hope by putting this tile wherever you think it will make a difference for you or for others (in your backpack, place of residence, a random or favorite place on campus, etc.).
- Spread hope even further: take a photo of this tile (either where you found it or where you are leaving it) and email it to us at MessagesOfHope@umich.edu .
- Watch for these photos on Facebook.
Think big, think creatively. Build upon your department’s strengths and culture--how do your students and staff talk about mental health and well-being?
1) Connect with your CAPS liaison during the fall semester. They will share more information and support you with consultation and seed money throughout the year as you develop your project.
2) Create your own do something: Stop Student Suicide project that leverages your school, college or department’s strengths around suicide prevention.
- Connect with your students. How can you work together to create a community that is more receptive and supportive to students who are struggling?
- Create a project that builds upon the culture of your school, college or department. Some ideas:
- An artistic (dance, music, spoken word, etc.) piece focused on resiliency and hope
- Train every faculty or staff member in QPR (a nationally recognized suicide prevention training, offered by CAPS)
- Consider incorporating a suicide prevention theme into an existing annual event
Celebrate our campus community efforts at an end of the year concert April 8th at the Michigan Theater.