Preventing suicide

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Dear UW Bothell students, faculty and staff, 
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students nationwide. This tragic fact, together with mental health and substance abuse being among the most cited reasons college students don’t complete their degrees, makes clear that behavioral health promotion and suicide prevention should be among our top priorities.
Mental health and substance abuse disorders are treatable. With support and proper treatment, students struggling with these issues can be successful throughout their college years and beyond. There is assistance for mental health and substance abuse conditions on our campus through the UWB Counseling Center. 
If there is concern about suicide risk in a UW Bothell student or employee, call SafeCampus at 425-352-7233 (SAFE).
We ask that each UW Bothell community member and department prioritize emotional wellness and suicide prevention.  
There are some proactive steps we can all take to help keep our community safe from suicide: 
Ask your colleagues and classmates how they’re doing.  Ask sincerely. Really listen.
Learn about the warning signs of suicide.
Know the steps you can take if you are concerned about someone.
Save the UW SafeCampus number (available 24/7) in your phone (425-352-7233)
Also save the UWB Counseling Center number (425-352-3183) and location (UWI-080) on your phone.
Share these numbers with at least three colleagues or classmates.
Participate in UW’s annual Husky Help & Hope (H3) suicide prevention walk, held every spring on the Seattle campus
Depending on your role on campus, here are additional ways you can help:
Download the MoodCheck and WellCheck free phone app for UWB students. MoodCheck allows you to monitor what you’re doing and how it makes you feel.  You will receive feedback on your stress, anxiety and depression with the built in self-assessments.  If you score high on these assessments you will be directed to self-paced on-line videos that use cognitive behavioral therapy to successfully treat stress, anxiety, and depression. Visit and enter the exclusive UWB student access code: UWBCC.
Attend a Health Educators Reaching Out (HEROs) workshop on stress reduction, mindfulness, and activities focused on play and stress relief.
Ask your students to save the UWB Counseling Center number (425-352-3183) and location (UWI-080) on their phones.
Also ask them to save the SafeCampus number (425-352-7233) in their phones for UW-based help available 24/7.
Familiarize yourself with the resources available to you through the UWB Care Team where you can report a student you feel might be struggling, unsafe or in crisis.
Include the SafeCampus number (425-352-7233), UW Bothell CARE Team information, and UWB Counseling Center resources and contact information on your course syllabi. 
Attend a UWB Counseling Center workshop for faculty on Identifying and Referring Distressed Students.
Insert content related to behavioral health and suicide prevention into your curriculum in creative ways.  For example: 
o E.g. A policy class might discuss firearm rights in the context of suicide prevention
o E.g. An IMD class might design mental health applications 
Familiarize yourself with the resources available to you through the UWB Care Team where you can report a student you feel might be struggling, unsafe or in crisis.
Check-in with those students with whom you interact on a regular basis 
Attend a Counseling Center workshop for staff on Identifying and Referring Distressed Students.
Promote the U-Lifeline behavioral health screening tool for UWB students on your department’s website and social media pages
Together we can make a difference and create a UW Bothell community that is safe and supportive for everyone, including those experiencing a mental health crisis. 
Thank you for joining me in this important cause.
Wolf, Susan, Ana and George
Bjong Wolf Yeigh, Ph.D., F.ASME
Chancellor and Professor
Susan Jeffords, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Ana Karaman, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Administration Planning and Finance
George Theo
Dean of Student Affairs