Thoughts of suicide may occur when stressors exceed the ability to effectively cope, particularly for one who may be struggling with mental health concerns. Depression is the most common mental health concern associated with suicide. It is believed that major life transitions (such as leaving home and family and peer supports to attend college — an unfamiliar environment with higher academic standards) may intensify present psychological distress or trigger new mental distress. However, other concerns including anxiety, moodiness, and substance abuse can also be related.
- What if……. the number of deaths by suicide was zero each year?
- 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”?
These questions have driven CAPS to do something more around suicide prevention for our campus. Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) continues to lead efforts to increase student suicide awareness and education through the do something: Stop Student Suicide initiative and additional efforts including:
- New Suicide Prevention Videos
- Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training: QPR
- Providing Information On How You Can Help
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. Find other facts and statistcs. 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
- Find Additional Warning Signs
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.