Lifeline program aims to prevent student suicide

PLATTSBURGH Members of the Mental Health Task Force at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh have established the LifeLine Suicide Prevention Program, to combat suicide, the second leading cause of death for American college students. The LifeLine Program is a collaborative effort between University Police, the Dean of Student's Office, Residence Life and the Center for Student Health and Psychological Services. LifeLine is driven by a new protocol for managing suicidal students that requires employees of SUNY Plattsburgh to report to University Police all behaviors, which, in their best judgment, constitute a threat to self and others. Goals of the program include heightening campus awareness of suicide and suicide risk factors and creating a safety net that provides support for students most at risk. Students with founded reports of suicidal behaviors are referred to LifeLine by the Dean of Students for participation in a comprehensive suicide assessment with a licensed mental health professional. The LifeLine process includes a series of sessions to assess risk and provide recommendations for helping the participant maintain safety and identify appropriate interventions. Students with questions about the new LifeLine Suicide Prevention Program, are encouraged to contact the SUNY Plattsburgh Center for Student Health and Psychological Services at 564-3086. General information regarding suicide is available on-line through the American Association of Suicidology at www.suicidology.org .

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