Campus suicide prevention as a moral imperative in pandemic times

Surasya Guduru, Robert J. Cramer, Susan Rasmussen

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Abstract

Hoyt et al (2020) [[1]] illustrate troubling trends concerning college student mental distress in the time of the pandemic. They concluded that persistent mental distress will the "new norm" for college students in pandemic times, and vulnerable student groups will disproportionately endure this "new norm." While these findings are troubling, we agree with both points. We further surmise that this "new norm" raises the stakes for campuses to respond with campus-wide suicide prevention strategic plans as a moral imperative during these difficult times. Suicide prevention is often the sole responsibility of campus counseling centers that are commonly overburdened under normal circumstances, not to mention the challenges posed by the pandemic. The Jed Foundation (2016) espoused guidance in their seminal work, A Guide to Campus Mental Health Action Planning. We argue that a campus strategic plan should make use of this instrumental resource as a starting point.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1023
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health
Volume68
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 9 Apr 2021

Keywords

  • campus
  • suicide prevention
  • moral imperative
  • pandemic times

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