Suicide Prevention Program @ Wes

About Mental Health and Suicide

For many, college is an exciting time of new experiences and independence. At the same time, these experiences can be stressful. It may be the first time that students are living on their own, having to navigate new life concerns without daily guidance from adults around them.  Such concerns cross a number of domains, including social, emotional, financial and daily living activities. With new academic and social demands, students may find it challenging to manage their daily living activities, such as eating well and getting enough sleep. Often, college is the first time that individuals are living away from their families. For students entering college with existing mental health conditions, this may be the first time they are responsible for managing their treatment plan — filling medications and scheduling counseling appointments. 

For college students who are experiencing depression or other mental health conditions, there is often help on campus — yet students may not know about it or how to access it.  Others may wait until a personal or academic crisis ensues to reach out for support. Early detection and treatment of mental health conditions is vital to students’ well-being and academic success, and more campuses are taking a proactive approach to helping college students identify support early.

Suicide is a leading cause of death among college and university students in the United States. Each year, it is estimated that approximately 1,100 college students die by suicide. In addition, many other college and university students have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide. Because it is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of those who die by suicide have some form of treatable mental health condition at the time of their deaths, college student mental health is highly relevant to campus suicide prevention.

[Excerpt from It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health, The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention]

CAPS offers suicide prevention workshops/seminars for the Wesleyan campus community. Learn to recognize the warning signs of suicidal thinking and behavior and what to do if you see them.

Topics include:

  • Mental health and suicide
  • Signs and symptoms of depression
  • Signs and symptoms of anxiety
  • Suicide risk factors and warning signs
  • Current suicide statistics and research
  • Myths and FAQs
  • Response models
  • Campus resources

If you or a friend are in crisis or experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call CAPS at 860-685-2910.  For additional support, you may also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

If you have questions about CAPS Suicide Prevention training, please contact Dr. Smith Kidkarndee at skidkarndee@wesleyan.edu.