Guide to Help Colleges Respond to Campus Suicide Named to Best Practice Registry

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Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) Resource Recognized

“This guide helps colleges and universities develop strategies and plans to thoughtfully prepare and respond to tragedies that affect the entire campus community.”

The JED Foundation, a leader in promoting emotional health and preventing suicide among college students, along with the The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) today announced that HEMHA’s publication “Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses” has been accepted to the Best Practice Registry for Suicide Prevention (BPR).

The Postvention Guide suggests best practices to facilitate the grieving and adjustment process, stabilize the environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors and limit the risk of further suicides through contagion. The guide defines specific areas of consideration and planning, such as strategic planning, communications with students, faculty, family and media, as well as clinical interventions.

“Having the Postvention Guide recognized in the Best Practice Registry is a great accomplishment for all of us at HEMHA,” said John MacPhee, Executive Director of the JED Foundation. “This guide helps colleges and universities develop strategies and plans to thoughtfully prepare and respond to tragedies that affect the entire campus community.”

The purpose of the Best Practices Registry is to identify, review and disseminate information about best practices that address specific objectives of the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The BPR is a collaborative project of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). It is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

Download “Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses” here.

About The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance
The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA) is a partnership providing leadership to advance college mental health. Through its partner organizations, HEMHA represents over 217,000 individual members. HEMHA’s partner organizations include American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP), American College Counseling Association (ACCA), American College Health Association (ACHA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Psychological Association (APA), Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD), The JED Foundation and NASPA- Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education.

About the JED Foundation
The JED Foundation is a leading nonprofit working to protect the emotional health of teenagers and colleges students. Our programs are inspiring a new national dialogue on mental health, encouraging millions of young people to speak up and take action, and changing the way academic institutions create healthier campus communities and prevent substance abuse and self-harm. These programs include: The JED and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program, a groundbreaking self-assessment and feedback program that helps colleges create more comprehensive solutions to support their students; ULifeline, an online resource that helps students understand and address mental health conditions like depression and anxiety disorders; the Half of Us campaign, with MTV, which uses online and on-air programming to share stories and encourage help-seeking; the Love is Louder movement that helps individuals, communities and schools build resiliency, create connectedness and promote acceptance; Transition Year, an online resource for parents aimed at helping to ensure a smooth, healthy transition into college life; and a portfolio of resources that helps campuses promote emotional health and protect at-risk students. Learn more at http://www.jedfoundation.org, http://www.thecampusprogram.org, http://www.halfofus.com, http://www.loveislouder.com, http://www.ulifeline.org, and http://www.transitionyear.org.

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