Prevention Planning

About This Module

Prevention planning does not start with organizing programs and trainings. It starts with establishing partnerships, creating or revising crisis protocols, and preparing for an increase in the demand for mental health services. Once these supports are in place, then your campus will be ready for suicide prevention programs and trainings. 

One program or training, however, is not enough. Preventing suicide requires a comprehensive approach—a combination of strategies that establish crisis protocols, identity students at risk, increase their self-seeking behavior, promote their social networks, develop their life skills, restrict their access to lethal means, and provide appropriate and timely mental health services. 

Planning the right combination of strategies that are a good fit for your campus will be the most effective way to prevent suicide among your students. 

In the module you can explore the steps involved in Prevention Planning, and some questions and challenges you might face. There is also a downloadable text version (PDF) of all the content in the module—it can be found above.

References

National Research Council and Institute of Medicine (2009). Preventing mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders among young people: Progress and possibilities (O'Connel, M.E., Boat, T., & Warner, K. E., Eds) Washington, DC: National Academic Press

The Jed Foundation (2006). Framework for developing institutional protocols for the acutely distressed or suicidal college student. New York, NY: Author.

The Jed Foundation & Educational Development Center, Inc. (2011). Campus MHAP. A guide to campus mental health action planning. Newton MA: Education Development Center, Inc.