Help for College Students

You’ve waited your whole life to begin this new chapter of college. You’ve worked hard and achieved the accomplishment of attending a University/College as you are on your way to the real world…who knew it would be so hard? You are not alone. It will be OK, there is HOPE and HELP available! Living away from home? Trying to find the balance between working hard and playing hard? The pressure of succeeding… can I really do this?

  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 25- to 34-year olds and the third leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds. (SPRC, 2004)
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death on college campuses. (CDC 2008).
  • For every completed suicide by a young person, it is estimated that 100 to 200 attempts are made. (Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance Survey 2003)
  • College students 25 and over (regardless of whether they are undergraduate or graduate students) had a significantly higher risk of suicide than younger students. (SPRC, 2004)
  • Studies show that there is no difference in suicide rates among college students based on selectivity, competitiveness or prestige of school. (SPRC, 2004)

Two groups of students might be at higher risk for suicide

  • Students with a pre-existing (before college) mental health condition
  • Students who develop a mental health condition while in college

Reasons Attributed to Increased Symptoms/Disorders

  • New and unfamiliar environment
  • Academic and social pressures
  • Feelings of failure or decreased performance
  • Alienation
  • Family history of mental illness
  • Lack of adequate coping skills

Resources for College Students

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area.

Jed Foundation

Jed Foundation is a web-based resource for parents, students, college professionals and supporters. Their goal is to help students become emotionally healthy before they reach the point of crisis by helping students make lifestyle changes that promote sounder mental health,encouraging students to seek help when they need it and ensuring our students are in safe, healthy campus communities able and committed to protecting their best interests.

Campus Blues

Campus Blues features information and resources for college students on mental health, anxiety, loneliness, alcohol abuse, gambling and other social and emotional issues.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center 

The SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. They provide technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide. SPRC promotes collaboration among a variety of organizations that play a role in developing the field of suicide prevention.

No Matter Now

No Matter Now is sponsored by AFSP. It is a website offering stories of hope, skills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts.

Ulifeline is a web-based resource created by the Jed Foundation to provide students with a not-threatening and supportive link to their college’s mental health center as well as important mental health information. Students are able to download information about various mental illnesses, ask questions, make appointments and seek help anonymously via the Internet. Resources offered on include a customized version of Go Ask Alice! that allows students to have virtually any mental health question answered 24 hours a day, a mental health and drug information library that features consumer health information from Harvard Medical School and the Duke Diagnostic Psychiatry Screening Program, which allows the Ulifeline user to be screened for different mental health disorders. While this screening is not meant to take the place of an evaluation by a mental health professional, a positive result suggests that the student would benefit from comprehensive mental health screening.

Active Minds

Active Minds was incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization in late 2003. In ten years, the non-profit organization has grown into a well recognized entity in the field, led by a committed team of full time staff members under Alison’s direction, as well as a Board of Directors, National Advisory Committee and Student Advisory Committee. Featured on CNN, in The New York Times, Chronicle of Higher Education, and much more, Active Minds has become the voice of young adult mental health advocacy nationwide. With more than 400 campus chapters, hundreds of thousands of young adults all across the country are benefiting from the Active Minds model.

Half Of Us  

Half of Us is a partnership campaign between MTV and the Jed Foundation in order to provide for awareness and decrease of stigma regarding mental health issues.