1. Increase the identification of students at risk for suicide or with mental and behavioral problems that may increase the risk of suicide.
2. Appropriately respond to students and personnel at risk.
3. Promote help seeking behaviors and recommend appropriate referral sources on campus, and in the community.
4. Prevent death by suicide as well as suicide attempts.
In college-aged students Louisiana suicide rates are slightly higher than the national average. College-aged students are the most likely age group to be hospitalized for attempted suicide and therefore are the most at risk age group for attempted suicide.
The ULM HELPS Project proposes to:
1. EDUCATE and EMPOWER faculty, staff, and police officers-through professional development workshops and on-line seminars.
We are creating door hangers to give to everyone who completes training to show that students with mental health issues and mental health wellness can open the door to your office or contact you (phone, email or in person) and be able to receive help.
2. ENHANCE already existing services and training programs aimed at educating incoming freshmen and their families through culturally appropriate educational workshops and on-line seminars.
3. ENHANCE already existing services and training programs aimed at the student body at large through culturally appropriate educational workshops and on-line seminars.
4. Create culturally appropriate materials for an awareness campaign concerning mental health issues.
5. Increase help seeking behaviors in students.
6. Increase the knowledge about the risks and protective factors associated with suicide and suicide ideation.
7. Increase the identification of students at risk for suicide or with mental and/or behavioral health problems.
The following sites are available for help with mental health issues, including suicidal thoughts and feelings:
1. ULM Counseling Center, 342-5220
2. ULM Marriage and Family Therapy Clinic, 342-5678
3. ULM Community Counseling Center, 342-1263