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Colleges bolster substance abuse, suicide prevention programming

October 7, 2014
by Julia Brown
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More than 50 colleges are strengthening their student mental health services and programming related to substance abuse and suicide prevention. Large schools including Columbia, Northwestern and Georgetown as well as 53 other universities have joined the Jed & Clinton Health Matters Campus Program that works to provide campuswide mental health and well being services for students.

Launched in June, the program is designed to assist colleges and universities in the prevention of alcohol poisoning, prescription drug overdose and suicide. The program is a four-year commitment, in which participating institutions agree to assess current services and identify opportunities to provide prevention programming and enhance already established services.

The Campus Program provides colleges and universities with a framework as well as assessment tools, feedback reports and ongoing support.

Many mental health issues manifest during the age when young people are attending college, which can be a time of significant stress and pressure, according to the organization’s press release.

Current participating universities:

  • Alfred University
  • Aurora University
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Barnard College
  • Boston University
  • Butler University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • California State University - Chico
  • Cameron University
  • Columbia University
  • Connecticut College
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • Fordham University
  • Georgetown University
  • Indiana University
  • Marymount Manhattan College
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design
  • Monmouth University
  • Montana State University
  • New York University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology
  • Pace University
  • Pennsylvania State University - Altoona
  • Pennsylvania Highlands Community College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Saint Francis University
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Southeastern Oklahoma State University
  • St. Cloud State University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • State University College at Geneseo, State University of New York
  • State University College at Oneonta, State University of New York
  • The Ohio State University
  • Three Rivers Community College
  • Tulane University
  • University at Albany, State University of New York
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California – Los Angeles
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Illinois – Champaign-Urbana
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of West Georgia
  • Viterbo University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Western Oklahoma State College
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Yeshiva University