Grand Rapids Community College

GRCC Campus Suicide Prevention Program
Community College

The GRCC Campus Suicide Prevention Program will build capacity for facilitating mental health education and suicide prevention. Activities will center on creating a strong community network, implementing a Crisis Response Plan, and providing training and education to promote awareness of the need for better understanding of mental health issues and to encourage positive help-seeking behaviors.

Population to be served: The project will serve community college students in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This population will include students who are: low income, academically at-risk, traditional/non-traditional students, and minority students. Targeted student populations are veterans, LGBTQ, and students with disabilities.

Strategies/interventions: REACH© Training Sessions and Mental Health First Aid Training for faculty, staff, and students; suicide prevention and mental health awareness events and campaigns; integration of training into mandatory courses; education seminars and workshops.

Project goals:

  1. GRCC will have a strong networking infrastructure that links its campuses with community partners and ensures students, faculty, and staff have access to a broad range of resources;
  2. GRCC will have a Crisis Response Plan outlining the protocols for a coordinated response to a crisis on campus including a suicide attempt;
  3. GRCC faculty, staff, and students will be trained as gatekeepers;
  4. GRCC will implement suicide prevention programming to promote a strong awareness of the need for better understanding of mental health and wellness issues and to encourage positive help-seeking behaviors.

Measurable objectives:

  1. The number of organizations collaborating/coordinating/sharing resources with other organizations as a result of the grant;
  2. The number of individuals exposed to mental health awareness messages
  3. The number of people in the mental health and related workforce trained in mental health-related practices/activities as a result of the grant; 
  4. The number of individuals who have received training in prevention or mental health promotion.

People to be served annually: 26 (year 1); 9,600 (year 2); 9,600 (year 3) People to be served throughout the lifetime of the project: 19,226