College Resources

  • Framework for Developing Institutional Protocols for the Acutely Distressed or Suicidal College Student (2006)
  • Promoting Mental Health and Preventing Suicide in College and University Settings (October 2004) (pdf*)
  • The Jed Foundation was established in order to prevent suicide on college campuses and focus on the underlying causes of suicide. This site includes ULifelines and a self evaluator, an on-line assessment tool.
  • The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College (27 minute video with facilitator's guide from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). Available for loan to organizations and groups from the Information and Resource Center at 1-800-499-0027 (Maine only).
  • Screening for Mental Health-College Response offers programs to promote prevention, early detection and treatment of prevalent, under-diagnosed and treatable mental health disorders and alcohol problems affecting college students. Through online and in-person screening tools, CollegeResponse provides confidential and effective programs for: depressions, bipolar disorder, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and alcohol problems.
  • The Emerging Crisis of College Student Suicide: Law and Policy Responses to Serious Forms of Self-Injury (pdf*) by Peter Lake and Nancy Tribbensee as a journal article from Stetson Law Review, 32, page 125-157. This article discusses changes in law that institutes of higher education will face more civil liability when if they fail to take steps to prevent student suicide, including notifying parents or others of the warning signs exhibited by the student.
  • Active Minds on Campus is a student-run mental health awareness, education, and advocacy organization. The group’s mission is to utilize peer outreach to:
    • Increase student’s awareness of mental health issues;
    • Provide information and resources regarding mental health and mental illness;
    • Encourage students to seek help as soon as it is needed; and
    • Serve as liaison between students and the mental health community.
  • MPower - Musicians for Mental Health: PSAs suitable for college radio stations
  • What A Difference A Friend Makes is a national anti-stigma campaign whose goal is to encourage, educate, and inspire 18 to 25 year olds to step up and support friends they know who are experiencing a mental health problem. Campaign materials include TV and radio PSAs, brochures, and an interactive website,

One in 5 college students will experience a mental illness, but most of them won't seek help. Why? Because of stigma. The SAMHSA Resource Center to Address Discrimination and Stigma Associated with Mental Illness (ADS Center) is working to counter stigma and has resources that provide information to help college students, parents, teachers, administrators, and health professionals:

  1. Combating Stigma on Campus is an archived teleconference training that offers suggestions for reducing stigma on college campuses. To download the complete presentation and listen to the audio recording, visit the ADS Center Web site at Instructions for play and download are listed on the Web site.
  2. Mental Health: It's Part of College Life is an online brochure that offers ideas for generating mental health awareness on campus. It's written for college students, but can be used by anyone to help reduce stigma.


  • Perspectives on College Student Suicide (1994) Rickgarn, Ralph L.V. Baywood Publishing Company, Incorporated, 244 pages.
  • Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention of Suicidial Behavior (2005) ed. Yufit, Robert, I. and Lester, David. Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated, 482 pages.
  • Resident Assistant: Applications and Strategies for Working with College Students in Residence Halls (2003) Blimling, Gregory. Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company, 385 pages.
  • College of the Overwhelmed: The Campus Mental Health Crisis and What to Do About It (2005) Kadison, Richard D. and DiGeronimo. Theresa Foy. Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated. 304 pages.
  • College Student Suicide (1991) Whitaker, Leighton C. and Slimak, Richard E. ed.  The Haworth Press, Incorporated. 231 pages.

General Resources