GLS Campus Suicide Prevention Grant Program

    Grant Details


    The project will improve the identification, treatment, and supports for students at risk of suicide and suicide attempts; and strengthen protective factors that promote mental health, minimize suicide risk factors, and reduce suicides and attempts. The aims for the project will: (1) Enhance mental health services for all college students, including those at risk for suicide, depression, serious mental illness (SMI) /serious emotional disturbances (SED), and substance use disorders that can lead to school failure. CMU will have strengthened cross-collaboration and alignment of existing campus resources, mental health services and telehealth infrastructure to ensure a comprehensive continuum of services and resources to increase capacity and provide timely access for students to assessment, treatment, and referral care transitions; (2) Prevent and reduce suicide, mental and substance use disorders by implementing evidence-based, multi-tiered education and training across the University and surrounding community that expands mental health first aid and suicide awareness for all students, faculty, and staff. (3) Promote help-seeking, reduce stigma, and increase awareness/support for improved access to resources. Beginning immediately and by the end of year one of the project, CMU will carry out suicide prevention awareness training for faculty, staff, and students to increase the capacity and skills of gatekeeper lay-helpers as well as clinical services staff to identify, respond and make appropriate referrals for students in distress. By the end of year one, CMU will improve services and processes for the identification and treatment of at-risk college students so they can successfully complete their studies. Additionally, it will be a key priority to immediately collaborate with CMU Human Resources Wellness and Benefits, Diversity Equity Inclusion Center for Student Inclusion and Diversity, Student Affairs CMU CAREs, Campus Police, and community-based resource providers to implement activities and resources aimed at promoting a supportive campus, address interpersonal violence, and COVID-related mental health stressors that impede student success. The project will target college students (ages 17 to 26); serving 15,465 students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate, or doctoral programs. Central Michigan University's (CMU) main campus is located in Isabella County, a rural and medically underserved community. Isabella County comprises Mount Pleasant, MI in Mid-Michigan, also known as Central Michigan. The county contains the Isabella Indian Reservation, which has a total area of 217.67 square miles (563.8 km2). It is the major land base of the federally recognized Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Nation. The full-time enrollment at CMU is 11,441undergraduate students and 4,024 graduate students. On CMU's main campus the increased need for mental health services and saturation of community mental provider networks has resulted in 3-4 month wait times for specialty service referrals for students. CMU has counseling services, psychiatry services, and a student health clinic that provides resources to students that address suicide prevention, mental health, substance use, and behavioral health. The mental health provider to patient ratio is 410:1 for Isabella County (MyMichigan Health, 2022). Despite CMU's continuing expansion of provider capacity, we continue to conduct 2,720 behavior health visits, an increase of over 1,000 visits in the last four years, and we continue to have unmet needs for our students.
    Effective start/end date08/31/2308/30/26


    • Center for Mental Health Services: $102,000.00


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