Suicide Prevention and the Counseling Center at NC State University

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. In the past year, 6% of undergrads and 4% of graduate students seriously considered attempting suicide, and nearly half of these students didn’t tell anyone. Out of 100 students, 1.5 attempted suicide. Males are more likely to die by suicide whereas females are more likely to attempt it. Untreated depression is one of the primary contributing factors to suicidal ideation.

The Counseling Center at the NC State University decided to tackle suicide prevention by collaborating with the NC Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services and the NC chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI-NC). One strategy was to apply for a Campus Suicide Prevention grant from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration in 2015. NCSU was awarded funding, which has resulted in several initiatives including an Emmy-winning 8-minute video, #StopTheStigma.

The video features three students who discuss how their lives were affected by suicide attempts. The film encourages students to seek help for depression. The video was in the Public Affairs award category for work about societal concerns in the public interest.

What Legislators Need to Know about the Impact of Mental Health Issues

At a recent legislative breakfast, a video was shown, in which a young man talked about his mental illness and how it affects him. Isaac and his family are long time partners working with providers and LME/MCOs to promote System of Care and effective meaningful services.