Campus Suicide Prevention: Building a Network of Safety
Duration: 1 hour
Facilitator: Michelle Bangen and Charlette Lumby
What keeps you up at night? This is the question I’ve asked many student affairs professionals who, even in pre-pandemic times, were increasingly concerned about the state of mental health for students on campus. With counseling centers running at max capacity, students experiencing higher levels of anxiety and depression, and increased cases of suicide deaths on campuses across the country, many administrators are left trying to solve the impossible equation of how to meet the students’ increasingly complex needs. In our new, ever-changing, COVID-induced reality, these concerns have only intensified; and many more challenges have emerged due to the more remote (or at least physically distanced) nature of campus life.
Yet, there is hope. Suicide is one of the most preventable causes of death, and anyone can save a life. In fact, the more people who are equipped with skills to spot warning signs of distress, and who are willing to ask the difficult question, the greater the safety net we can build for those struggling with thoughts of suicide. This webinar offers an introduction to higher ed-specific recommendations for creating a network of safety and integrated approach to suicide prevention.
Join co-founders of Incite Agency for Change, Michelle Bangen and Charlette Lumby, for a deeper dive into your Student Affairs world. Discover ways to create a network of safety on campus and build a scaffolded approach to prevention. Consider how to integrate suicide prevention with broader campus prevention efforts. Collect valuable resources to support your work
- Identify frameworks for developing a comprehensive campus suicide prevention strategy
- Discover ways to build a network of safety on campus
- Consider how to integrate suicide prevention with broader campus efforts
- Identify available training and capacity-building resources to create sustainable efforts
Who should attend:
This webinar is designed for all levels of staff working within Student Affairs, but may be especially helpful for:
- Health Promotion and Campus Prevention Practitioners
- Counseling Center Staff
- Deans of Students
- Residence Hall Staff
Michelle Bangen, MPH, CHES, co-founder of the Incite Agency for Change, is a health promotion and violence prevention practitioner with over a decade of higher education experience. She has developed award-winning prevention programs and is a certified LivingWorks ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) trainer. Michelle has developed comprehensive, multi-initiative programs and presented to a wide range of audiences on topics including mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and sexual violence prevention, among others. She has helped establish and support campus and community-wide coalitions to apply evidence-based, research-informed public health strategies and build capacity for prevention efforts. Michelle has established department-wide and cohort type trainings as a subject matter expert, and has supported colleagues across the country through leadership roles with ACHA (American College Health Association), CAPPA (Campus Advocates and Prevention Professionals Association), and through NASPA, ACHA, and other national professional conferences. She is active in the Oregon Alliance to Prevent Suicide, Oregon’s Youth Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (YSIPP) and Adult Suicide Intervention and Prevention Plan (ASIPP), and is currently supporting the Oregon College and University Suicide Prevention Project (OCUSPP) to build capacity on campuses across the state.