Scientific American Highlights New Strategies for Colleges, including Just in Case

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“College is often billed as the best four years of your life,
but for many students this couldn’t be further from the truth”

Author Nathaniel Morris talks about the fences over the gorge at Cornell, the first step that this Ivy League campus took to deter students from using the bridge for suicide attempts. As Morris puts it “the walls went up.”

Today, schools are using other means to reduce the incidence of suicide on campus, including innovative digital resouces like Just in Case:

To combat this national crisis, schools are turning towards new ideas for suicide prevention.

At Miami University in Ohio, administrators partnered with a free smartphone app called Just In Case to help guide students through mental health crises. The app screens for mental health issues and can connect students with emergency responders. Other schools including the University of California, Riverside, Pace University, and Rutgers University have formed similar partnerships over the last few years.

Other proposed initiatives include self-assessment kiosks on campus, mandatory mental health screenings for all students, and social media monitoring for signs of an imminent attempt.

Now, Morris notes, the prison-like fences are gone at Cornell, but they have been replaced by netting below the bridge. Restricting access to means is one of the most important steps one can take to prevent an act that is often impulsive.

View Morris’s whole article HERE.