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Welcome to the Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health! 

We are a resource center promoting suicide prevention, mental health awareness and stigma reduction activities at college campuses across the state of Ohio. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. Over 1,000 students die by suicide each year and over 50% have had thoughts of suicide at one time in their life. Yet 80% of those who die by suicide did not have contact with the campus counseling center and only 26% of students are aware of campus mental health resources[1].     

Our primary goal is to promote collaboration between campus and community stakeholders to develop programs that prevent campus suicide and other violent acts.The ultimate outcome of such collaboration would be an improvement in the mental health status of students, faculty, and staff members on campuses in Ohio. To that end, we fund 10 Collaborative Program Development Grants (CPDG) a year. Check out our CPDG page for summaries of former grants and the Request for Proposals.  

The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health sponsors trainings throughout Ohio. Gatekeeper Training is provided twice annually in different geographical locations.  Psychological First Aid on Campus Web-based training is available. Please check out our training page for detailed information on upcoming trainings and the link to Psychological First Aid on Campus.

Statewide Advisory Committee: 

The state-wide advisory committee consists of campus and community stakeholders. The goals of the Advisory Committee are to focus on issues related to mental health awareness and safety on campus and to address and overcome systemic barriers to effective mental health services for college and university students in Ohio. The committee meets twice annually and has nationally acclaimed experts in the field of suicidology and campus mental health present at each meeting. Please contact Amy Lukes (alukes@neomed.edu) if you would like to participate on this committee.

The Ohio Program for Campus Safety and Mental Health is generously supported by a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Margaret Clark Morgan Foundation, and the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.


[1] New data on the nature of suicidal crises in college students: Shifting the paradigm. Drum, David J.; Brownson, Chris; Burton Denmark, Adryon; Smith, Shanna E. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice Vol 40(3)2009 p.213-222 American Psychological Association, US 

 

This website was developed in part under a grant number 1US79SM060506 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA and HHS.

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