University of Arizona steps up suicide prevention efforts

The University of Arizona recently launched its Suicide Prevention Initiative website to provide support for students and engage in destigmatizing conversations about mental health and suicide prevention.

The preexisting suicide prevention initiative “had a website and we knew it could have a bigger impact and be more useful to people,” said Dr. Leslie Ralph, a psychologist for Counseling and Psych Services. “We had a really big opportunity to expand what we were really doing.”

The online tool provides training and resources for suicide survivors, people who have lost someone to suicide, people who know suicide survivors, and those who want to learn more about suicide prevention and Mental Health.

The university has tried to keep everyone in mind when creating the website.


“We really thought about what would make this most usable for anyone interested in suicide prevention, whether they’re a beginner or an expert, whether they’re caring about themselves or someone else” , Ralph said.

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The site’s release comes shortly after the university’s 2021 Health and Wellbeing Survey found that 13% of AU students have seriously considered suicide and 1% have attempted suicide. over the past 12 months.

Students who want to get involved can join groups focused on mental health, share a message of hope through the Message of Hope campaign, or get involved in future events such as the Out of the Darkness Walk on October 8.

Campus Health offers free suicide prevention training to all students, faculty, and staff. The 90-minute Zoom sessions are designed to teach participants to recognize the warning signs of suicide, talk to someone you care about, and connect those in need of resources.

Help and Resources

If you or someone you know has a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.

• 24/7 crisis support sources: CAPS Support at (520) 621-3334

• National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

• Community Crisis Assistance: (520) 622-6000 or 1-866-495-6735

*El Inde Arizona is a news service of the University of Arizona School of Journalism.

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