A Shout Out to Advocates during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the official start school for most colleges and universities — a fitting time to raise awareness and resources for what is now the second leading cause of death for college students. It is more important than ever that higher education leaders connect with national behavioral health organizations to form alliances that will prevent suicides and promote positive mental health.
Last week, the American Council on Education (ACE) did just that by bringing together a roundtable of advocates, researchers, administrators and thought leaders to consider how to jointly address the ongoing mental health crisis among college students. As we work within our communities during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, MCI applauds colleagues like ACE, the Jed Foundation, the Steve Fund, Active Minds, Healthy Minds Network and many more organizations that are dedicated to improving mental health and wellbeing and preventing suicide in young people. Each year, these organizations grow stronger, gain members, and offer more solutions to those who are on campuses doing this critical work. We are proud to work alongside them.