Rhodes State College
The purpose of the Changing Lives Campus Suicide Prevention Project is to build the capacity of the college infrastructure for a more comprehensive, shared-responsibility approach to suicide prevention. This approach will include initiatives designed to expand and strengthen collaborations with campus and community partners; educate faculty, staff and students about suicide warning signs, prevention and intervention practices; promote awareness of resources and support services; increase student help-seeking behavior through counseling and/or peer support groups; and reduce the stigma associated with such help-seeking. While the project will have an impact on all RSC students, it is targeted toward low-income, veteran, disabled, and LGBT students.
RSC is a public two-year, post-secondary institution in Lima, Ohio, serving over 5,000 credit students primarily from its 10-county service area. RSC’s minority enrollment is approximately 9% with over 46% of its student identified as low-income. The college services veteran, military service members, disabled and LGBT students. In support of the RSC mission to change lives, build futures and improve communities, RSC’s project goals include:
- Increase and/or strengthen collaboration among campus and community partners
- Increase student, faculty and staff mental health knowledge and awareness regarding suicide and suicide prevention
- Increase promotion for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- Increase help-seeking among students and reduce negative attitudes about seeking care for mental and substance use disorders among students