Promoting a Caring Community
Promoting a Caring Community (PACC) is a grant-funded program that seeks to promote compassion and prevent suicide on our campus. Through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), we have been awarded a three-year grant to strengthen our commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our students.
Grant Abstract Excerpt
Fostering a Community of Care: Promoting Compassion and Preventing Suicide at St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud State University (SCSU) is committed to providing best practices health and wellness services to our students. We believe that college student suicide will be prevented through the creation of a caring campus community. By increasing help-seeking behavior, reducing stigma about mental health concerns, and providing tools to instill compassionate responsiveness to students across our University, we will create a community that is healthier and stronger for all. Suicide prevention is everyone’s concern. SCSU is committed to the safety and growth of the whole student.
PACC supports the following statements:
- Suicide prevention is everyone’s concern
- SCSU is committed to the safety and growth of the whole student;
- We will:
- Prevent suicide through the creation of a caring community
- Increase help-seeking behavior
- Reduce the stigma about mental health concerns
- Provide tools to instill compassionate responsiveness to students across our University
- Create a community that is healthier and stronger for all
- Best practice online and in-person suicide prevention training
- Engaging educational seminars
- Campus specific marketing for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Customized educational brochures, posters, handouts, videos, and websites
- Social networking, social norms campaigns, a new student-led organization, and student-initiated creativity
- A wide range of diverse campus leaders to help implement our goals
- Existing nationally recognized programs including the Jed Foundation, SAMHSA, and mtvU
- Increase the amount of training to students, faculty, and staff on suicide prevention and mental health promotion.
- Increase collaboration between campus and community members to deliver the message that suicide prevention is everyone’s responsibility.
- Increase the number of educational seminars and information materials for students, faculty, staff, and family members
- Suicide prevention, identification and reduction of risk factors
- Promoting identification and increased utilization of protective factors.
- Increase help-seeking among students and reduce stigma for seeking care for mental and behavioral health issues among students.
- Increase the promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
- Increase the cultural competency of faculty, staff, and students for prevention of suicide with specific identified groups of students
- Such as: lesbian, gay, bisexual, and/or transgender (LGBT), American Indians, Veterans, students of color, international students, Division of General Studies (DGS), and students with disabilities.
- Increase the quality and quantity of available materials to educate on risk factors of suicide, how to increase our collective compassion for one another, and decrease the help seeking stigma with the groups identified in the previous goal.
- Training on Suicide Prevention
- QPR Gatekeeper Trainings
- Kognito At-Risk Online Trainings
- Increased Collaboration
- Creation of SPLC
- Partnerships through MOUs
- Increased Number of Educational Seminars and Informational Materials
- General Informational Materials and High-Risk Subgroups
- Parent and Family Materials
- Messages in print, video, and online formats
- Warning signs of suicide, describe risk and protective factors, symptoms of depression
- Increase Help-Seeking and Reduce Stigma
- Interactive Screening Program
- Active Minds Peer Group
- Social Norms Marketing Campaign
- What a Difference a Friend Makes (SAMHSA)
- Half of Us (Jed Foundation and mtvU)
- Increase Promotion of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Promotional materials in all formats for general audience and high-risk subgroups
- Trevor Project (LGBT)