Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, AP finds

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Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, AP finds

Students arriving on campus less prepared for the rigors of college
James Holleran, father of Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania freshman who took her own life, talks about his daughter while sitting next to a favorite photo of her at his home in Allendale, N.J. After her 2014 suicide, one of her former teachers in New Jersey was surprised to learn many universities don’t report suicide statistics.
For help

Help for people having suicidal thoughts or for those who fear a person is considering killing himself can be found from these sources:

Axis Health System: 24-hour hotline at 247-5245.


National Suicide Prevention Hotline: (800) 273-TALK (8255) or text “TALK” to 741741.


RED Nacional de PrevencióN Del Suicidio: (888) 628-9454.


National Crisis text Hotline: 741741


Fort Lewis College Counseling Center: 247-7212.


Boys Town Hotline: (800) 448-3000.


Safe2Tell Colorado: (877) 542-7233 or online at https://safe2tell.org.


Colorado Crisis Support Line: (844) 493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255 or online at http://www.coloradocrisisservices.org/ to access a live chat available in 17 languages. The line has mental-health professionals available to talk to adults or youths about any crisis, 24 hours a day.


Trevor Project: (866) 488-7386. Crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth via online chat, text or phone.


Southern Ute Community ACtion Program: Visit www.sucap.org and click on Suicide Prevention for a list of trained gatekeepers.


Second Wind Fund: (720) 962-0706. This is not a crisis hotline, but the fund is available to youths who face social or financial barriers to crisis counseling. The organization requires a referral by a school counselor or mental-health professional.


Survivors Support GrouP: Heartbeat of Durango meets from 6 to 8 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month at the La Plata County Fairgrounds, 2500 Main Ave. Contact Janna for information at (970) 749-1673.


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: Colorado chapter information available at https://afsp.org/chapter/afsp-colorado/


For Men: A website for adult men contemplating suicide, who often are unwilling to seek help, is available at www.mantherapy.org.

Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, AP finds

James Holleran, father of Madison Holleran, a University of Pennsylvania freshman who took her own life, talks about his daughter while sitting next to a favorite photo of her at his home in Allendale, N.J. After her 2014 suicide, one of her former teachers in New Jersey was surprised to learn many universities don’t report suicide statistics.

Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, AP finds

In 2006, Sen. Gordon Smith, R-Ore., sits at his Pendleton, Ore., home behind a photo collage of his son, Garrett, who took his life in 2003. His suicide led to the creation of a federal grant, which has awarded $76 million for prevention programs to more than 230 colleges since 2005, on top of millions that institutions have spent on their own.
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