September is globally recognized as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the 2018 theme is “Working Together to Prevent Suicide”. In the spirit of working together, UW-Madison will participate in coordinated activities throughout September to engage our campus community around this important, though often under-recognized and misunderstood, health issue. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students nationwide and nearly 9% of UW-Madison students reported experiencing suicidal ideation in the previous 12 months (Healthy Minds Study, 2016).
It’s important to understand the prevalence of mental health issues and suicide among college students, however, we ultimately want all members of our campus community to remember that suicide is preventable and by collaborating, we can save lives.
Participate in events and trainings for Suicide Prevention Awareness Month!
Get help for yourself or someone else. Asking for help is a sign of strength. There are many free, confidential resources available. UHS offers no-cost, confidentialmental health services for students. UW-Madison students or those concerned about a student can call the UHS 24-hour crisis line at 608-265-5600 (option 9).