Suicide Awareness for College Students PSA

Public Service Announcements

CCC SMHP has released five PSA videos to promote mental health, reduce stigma, and prevent suicide on CCC campuses. Each PSA is linked to its corresponding resource page that contains relevant links for CCC students, faculty, and staff.

In this testimonial-style PSA, the classmates, professor, and parent of a college student who has died by suicide express regret that they did not "know the signs" in time to help her. The video conveys the message that everyone has a part to play in preventing suicide.

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

This is a free, 24-hour hotline that is available to anyone in crisis or distress.

At-Risk Suicide Prevention Online Trainings

Faculty, staff, and students on many campuses have no-cost access to several At-Risk Suicide Prevention Online Trainings through the CCC Student Mental Health Program. At-Risk is an online interactive gatekeeper training that uses virtual students and role-playing simulations to prepare learners to recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and manage a conversation with the student with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support service.

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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, or if want to learn more about suicide prevention, the resources below can help. Visit, California's mental health movement, for many more resources and ways to participate in mental health awareness, promotion, and advocacy.

Downloadable CCC SMHP Resources on Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Sample Policy – Identifying and Referring Distressed and Disruptive Students

This is a customizable document that campuses can use as a supplement to their referral and support policies. In two pages, it outlines warning signs, ways that faculty and staff can help students, and other procedures.

Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Programs for College Campuses

This resource is comprised of three matrices outlining effective suicide training programs that are appropriate for colleges, colleges currently using these trainings, and links to research articles showing the programs' efficacy.

Suicide Prevention on College Campuses: A Step by Step Guide to Developing a Comprehensive Approach

This 12-page guide for campus administrators and program planners provides a brief but thorough overview of resources, assessment questions, and strategies for suicide prevention.

Suicide Prevention Resources

You Matter

A Suicide Prevention Lifeline website with blog posts by and for young adults. The "Find Help For…" section includes topics such as eating disorders, gender identity, self-harm, and other relevant issues.

Know the Signs

Know the Signs is a CalMHSA-funded campaign to encourage reaching out to someone who may be considering suicide. Resources include warning signs for different age groups as well as wording to use when discussing suicide with someone whom you believe is at risk.

MY3 Mobile App

Know the Signs developed this app in collaboration with Santa Clara County and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to connect users to their support networks when they have thoughts of suicide. The free app also includes a customizable safety plan and resources page.

Targeting youth and young adults aged 14-24, ReachOut USA has information, real stories, and resources related to mental health. or Español:

The Trevor Project

Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth. 1-866-488-7386

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation's mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college students. Their website has resources for students, campus professionals, and others. They have also partnered with mtvU to create a campaign with mental health stories from students and musical artists, Half of Us:

Suicide Prevention Resource Center – Colleges and Universities

This SPRC resource contains links to tools, guides, and research to inform college suicide prevention planning.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Provides help with understanding, preventing, and coping with suicide loss, in addition to research and advocacy resources.

Each Mind Matters – Additional Resources on Suicide Prevention

EMM has a useful catalog of programs and resources related to suicide prevention. The section includes California-specific suicide hotlines, suicide prevention materials by and for Native American communities, resources in diverse languages, and more. Click on "Find Programs & Resources," then enter "Suicide Prevention" in the "Topic" search field.

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