What if the number of deaths by suicide each year was zero? This question continues to drive us here at the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) to do more around suicide prevention for our campus through the do something: Stop Student Suicide initiative. Our plan of action aims to change campus culture, increase resiliency and hope, and create an environment that is actively and visibly engaged in stopping student suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. One suicide is too many.
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Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) continues to lead efforts to increase student suicide awareness and education. How can we address and accomplish a culture of caring for students in any level of psychological distress? How can we promote and give tools to enact 2 central themes of “hope” and “resiliency”?
At UM CAPS, 38% of students come in having thought about or considered suicide. Suicidal thoughts are temporary; suicide is permanent. Help is available, and help works. We hope members of our community will know how to recognize and respond to others who are considering suicide.