A ‘breaking point’ in campus mental health. Colleges struggle to respond to clusters of suicides.

From The Chronicle: “… Multiple deaths in close proximity – have raised concerns of ‘suicide contagion’ on campuses. Research has shown that exposure to suicide can increase suicidal behavior in others, especially those who are already at risk. … In a fall 2020 survey of 13,000 college students by the American College Health Association, about one in five screened positive for suicidal behavior. About 2 percent of students indicated they had attempted suicide in the previous year. … A spring survey of 1,685 faculty members…showed that nearly eight out of 10 professors had spoken one-on-one with a student about mental health during the past year. Yet less than 30 percent of faculty members surveyed said they had received training from their colleges to have such conversations.”

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