Arizona State University

Arizona State University
Garrett Lee Smith Campus

Arizona State University (ASU) is one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing institutions of higher education, enrolling more than 67,000 students across four campuses in the Phoenix area. ASU’s “Campus Care Suicide Prevention” program is designed to address suicide prevention through the lens of primary and secondary prevention. The program targets gatekeepers, students, and parents to reduce risk for suicide and promote protective factors.

The current project is an expansion of ASU Tempe campus’ current successful suicide prevention program that targeted Residential/First Year students. This grant will bring the program to all four ASU campuses. In addition, this project will extend the program to target racial/ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, international students, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, and Questioning (LGBTIQ) students on all four ASU campuses.

Education is provided to gatekeepers, students and parents and designed to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities to identify and refer high-risk students; identify and respond to early warning signs and risk behaviors; promote protective factors; increase students’ awareness of personal risk and protective behaviors; increase the utilization of resources for counseling and wellness within the target populations; reduce stigma of mental and behavioral health conditions; engage students, faculty, staff, parents and other key individuals and constituencies in leadership roles to facilitate suicide prevention within the target populations; and promote a wellness program on all campuses, specifically targeting the high-risk populations.