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Our Three-Year Anniversary!

May is the National Center for Campus Public Safety's three-year anniversary and we have created a photo gallery to commemorate this occasion! We've assembled some memories from key events and activities we've hosted and been involved with over the past three years. These photos highlight our work and collaborations with federal partners, associations, and peer organizations. We hope you have found our services and resources informative and helpful. To ensure we continue to improve, we invite you to take our 10-minute  Anniversary Evaluation Survey. Your feedback will help us assess our services and adjust future offerings as well as make overall improvements to our organization.  Thank you for your support!

May is Mental Health Month

Download the MHM Toolkit.
Get Involved in Mental Health Month

Mental Health Month (MHM), also known as Mental Health Awareness Month, has been observed in May since 1949, when it was started by Mental Health America (MHA), a community-based nonprofit founded in 1909. Since then, many other organizations and affiliates have joined the effort to promote MHM through local events, screenings, and the media.
Each year, organizations release resources to use during MHM. These resources may include graphics, messaging, facts and stats, ways to get involved locally, and more. Below we highlight some of the most helpful, including our own upcoming May webinar.
MHA's toolkit focuses on this year's MHM theme, Risky Business. MHA believes it is important to focus on behaviors, habits, or actions that can exacerbate mental illness or could be a sign of mental health problems themselves. These include risk factors such as unsafe sex, prescription drug misuse, internet addiction, excessive spending, marijuana use, and troublesome exercise patterns. You can also find information specific to college students and life on campus , including top freshman year issues, taking a leave of absence, and balancing work and school.
MentalHealth.Gov : This website from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services focuses on mental health for all members of the public: young people, caregivers, friends, educators, faith and community members, and people with mental health problems. The site contains a range of health information from eating disorders to suicide as well as myths and facts  about mental health. You can find mental health services and resources by zip code, information about insurance coverage, and news about available clinical trials.
National Alliance on Mental Illness  (NAMI): NAMI was founded in 1979 and is the largest grassroots mental health organization in the U.S. This year, NAMI is focused on spreading awareness and encouraging others to help share information about mental health with their theme,  Into Mental Health: Inspired. Informed. Involved . This builds on their year-round messaging of StigmaFree, a pledge you can take to help end the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions. You can also download the joint report Starting the Conversation: College and Your Mental Health , from NAMI and The Jed Foundation.
NCCPS webinar : We are pleased to welcome Victor Schwartz, M.D., chief medical officer for The Jed Foundation and clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the New York University  (NYU) School of Medicine, to Campus Public Safety Online. On Tuesday, May 16 at 2 PM, Victor will discuss the current state of college student mental health in his webinar, Ten Years After Virginia Tech: Impacts on Campus Mental Health . This tragedy has had a significant impact on thinking around campus policies and practices related to students with mental health or behavioral challenges. Registration is open. We hope you can join us!
For additional publications on campus mental health, please our online library and use the search tag "mental health."

Transforming Communities Guide
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Suicide Prevention Resources

May is Mental Health Month, a time to remember that awareness and prevention can save a life. Being aware and taking action can lead to early identification and appropriate treatment of mental illness, an important suicide prevention strategy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 44,193 suicide injury deaths in the U.S. in 2015, the most recent year for which data is available. The same year, suicide was the second leading cause of death for those aged 15-34. In addition, Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) data (PDF) shows that many other college and university students seriously consider suicide, make a plan to commit suicide, or attempt suicide. These numbers give perspective on the prevalence of suicide and demonstrate the need for prevention efforts to save lives and stop the pain and loss suffered by communities across the country.
View the Technical Package.
Last month, the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance), and several of its national and community partners, jointly released two resources that synthesize current knowledge about community-based suicide prevention and emphasize the need for comprehensive efforts that combine multiple strategies that work together to prevent suicide. "These resources are a result of tremendous collaboration among various partners from the public and private sectors coming together to help prevent suicide at the community level," said Dr. Jerry Reed, director of SPRC and executive committee member of the Action Alliance. "The collective efforts by dedicated people and groups within the field of suicide prevention create a robust knowledge base that can help move our work forward while preventing duplication."
The new resources are:
Both documents emphasize the need for comprehensive efforts that combine multiple strategies working together to prevent suicide. While  Transforming Communities identifies seven key elements that should guide program planning and implementation, the CDC's technical package provides specific, evidence-based strategies for communities to consider as a part of their comprehensive approach to suicide prevention. Together, the two resources address how communities and their partners, including schools, college campuses, workplaces, places of worship, and others, can implement suicide prevention efforts.
For additional information, you may view the Action Alliance's Community-Based Approaches to Suicide Prevention: New Resources and Future Directions webinar recording that provides an overview of these two resources.

Access our online calendar of events.
Professional Development Opportunities

Title: Jeanne Clery Act Training Seminar
Organization: Clery Center
Dates: June 6-7, 2017
Location: Windsor Locks, CT
Fee: Registration fee
Title: Mental Health America 2017 Annual Conference: Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll
Organization: Mental Health America
Dates: June 14-16, 2017
Location: Washington, DC
Fee: Registration fee
Title: 2017 Annual Conference & Exposition
Organization: International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators
Dates: June 23-26, 2017
Location: Milwaukee, WI
Fee: Registration fee

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This project was supported by Grant No. 2013-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the US Department of Justice.
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