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Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student

Setting 
Higher Education
Type of Program 
Guidelines & Protocols
2001 NSSP Goals Addressed 
8.3, 8.4
Program Description 

Developed by the Jed Foundation, the Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student provides colleges and universities, regardless of size, culture, and resources, with a list of issues to consider when drafting or revising protocols relating to the management of the student in acute distress or at risk for suicide. It is divided into the following three sections, each of which is structured as a series of questions:

  1. Developing a safety protocol;
  2. Developing an emergency contact notification protocol; and,
  3. Developing a leave of absence and re-entry protocol.
Program Objectives 

Users of the Framework should:

  1. Develop formalized safety, emergency contact notification, and medical leave/re-entry protocols that reflect case-by-case decision-making in the best interests of students.
  2. Enhance communication between those campus and community constituencies who are or could be involved in addressing student mental health issues.
  3. Improve crisis management around the acutely distressed or suicidal student by implementing safety, emergency contact notification, and medical leave/re-entry protocols.
  4. Increase understanding of the essential strategic areas of a comprehensive, campus-wide suicide prevention and mental health promotion action plan.
Contact Information 

Courtney Knowles
Executive Director
The Jed Foundation
Voice: 212-647-7544
Fax: 212-647-7542
Email: cknowles@jedfoundation.org
Website: www.jedfoundation.org

Costs 

The Framework is available for free. It can be downloaded from the Jed Foundation website: www.jedfoundation.org.

First Posted 
Apr 7 2007

*The content of programs listed in Section II (Expert and Consensus Statements) of the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry address specific goals of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention and have been reviewed by a panel of three suicide prevention experts and found to meet standards of importance, likelihood of meeting objectives, accuracy, safety, congruence with prevailing knowledge, and appropriateness of development process. Programs were not reviewed for evidence of effectiveness. Additional information about the Best Practices Registry can be found at www.sprc.org.

The Best Practices Registry is supported by a grant (1 U79 SM059945) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). No official endorsement by SAMHSA or DHHS for the information in this document is intended or should be inferred.