Collaboration

About This Module

Mental health issues are often interrelated with other problems such as substance abuse, and they can take an enormous toll on students and impact a campus in many ways. There are staff and departments on campus—and off—who are concerned about the well-being of students and the impact of mental health issues, so partnerships around mental health promotion and suicide prevention make good sense.

Efforts to promote student mental health and prevent suicide are more likely to succeed when there is broad participation and a shared commitment to meet common goals. Collaborative efforts are also more likely to be sustained when resources are shared, such as staff, responsibilities, materials, and even funding. So whether you are seeking collaboration to support your overarching efforts or for a specific suicide prevention task, like creating crisis protocols, involving others is essential.

In the module you can explore the steps involved in Collaboration, 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

Butterfoss, F. D., Goodman, R. M., & Wandersman, A. (1993). Community coalitions for prevention and health promotion. Health Education Research, 8(3), 315–330.

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