The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on April 9th has 329 participants! Thank you to everyone who participated and donated. Donations are still accepted up until June 30th. Interested in donating? Visit: supporting.afsp.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=8309
Our Mission: The Ohio State University Suicide Prevention Program (OSUSPP) works to engage a campus community of nearly 100,000 students, staff and faculty through education, outreach and advocacy. We are committed to creating a systematic, inclusive, diverse, and coordinated effort where suicide prevention is seen as a shared campus responsibility.
- Suicide is preventable.
- Anyone can learn how to help someone who is at risk for suicide.
- Suicide prevention is a shared campus responsibility.
- Reducing stigma is an essential component to lowering suicide risk and promoting a campus culture that encourages mental health help-seeking.
- Suicide prevention and mental health are critical components of student academic and overall success.
- Suicide prevention involves focused and strategic education, advocacy, and outreach.
- Suicide prevention efforts must be clearly and intentionally grounded in culturally appropriate messaging and programming that celebrates and enriches the diversity of the campus community.
- Active, engaged, and diverse campus partners and a high level of student leadership and involvement are essential to program success.
- Suicide prevention programming should use and contribute to a comprehensive model grounded in empirical research and evidence-based best practices for public health promotion.
Effective suicide prevention is comprehensive: it requires a combination of efforts that work together to address different aspects of the problem. In 2018, OSUSPP developed the “Pillars of a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program” which serves as a model for our work. We believe these pillars and strategies form a broad campus approach to suicide prevention and mental health promotion. They include: advocacy, infrastructure, screening, partnership, leadership, education, policy, student leadership, and opportunities for collaboration.
Buckeyes Speak Up
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