RUOK? Veterans is an anonymous interactive screening program designed to identify student Veterans at-risk of suicide. RUOK? Veterans aims to enhance student wellness across the University. Our goal is to help you and other students identify – and genuinely get ahead of – the stress, anxiety, isolation, and many other concerns that students struggle with, before they interfere with academic, social and personal daily functioning. This questionnaire is supported by the OSU’s Suicide Prevention Program and OSU’s Office of Military and Veterans Services.
Made available through the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, it starts with an anonymous and confidential online stress and depression questionnaire that is evaluated by a licensed counselor. Through a portal that ensures anonymous communication, participants receive a personalized written assessment. Participants are invited to correspond with a counselor online to ask questions and discuss concerns about treatment and resources, where their anonymity and confidentiality is still upheld unless the student opts to identify themselves.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, students who speak with a counselor online are three times more likely to see a counselor in person and three times more likely to enter treatment. As military Veterans, we have sworn to take care and uphold the American way of life. To fulfill this oath, we must remain physically and mentally fit. We cannot help others unless we first help ourselves and each other.
Additionally, counselors say that 75 percent of students who get treatment would not have done so without first engaging with an interactive screening program, such as RUOK? Veterans.
By completing the RUOK? Veterans questionnaire, you have the unique opportunity to share about the things that may be causing distress for you; in addition to doing this service for yourself, you will be doing a service for OSU’s student Veterans around you. This program aims to help us remain the number one university in the country regarding suicide prevention. Together, we can enhance mental health and tailor campus resources to our demographic.
RUOK? Take our 10-minute questionnaire. Find out how stress and depression could be affecting you – and how to get help. Look in your OSU inbox or Carmen for a link to take the survey. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Veteran Community Advocates (VCAs)
Click HERE to see the VCAs on your campus!
Click HERE to learn more about the Peer Sponsors and the Peer 2 Peer Program!
Columbus Main Campus
Elena Camacho, Veteran Community Advocate: email@example.com
Leslie Beary, MSW, LISW-S: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas Siegrist, Veteran Community Advocate: email@example.com
Ruth Montz, CFLE: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Carroll, Veteran Community Advocate: email@example.com