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Keys for Unlocking a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program

Texas Suicide Prevention Symposium 2016
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Marian Trattner

on 5 July 2017

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Transcript of Keys for Unlocking a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program

Public Health Approach
Wrap Up
Marian Trattner, MSW
Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Counseling and Mental Health Center
The University of Texas at Austin
mtrattner@austin.utexas.edu
@M_trattner
The Problem
Trends in College Student Suicide Behavior
SB 1624
Sample Activities
Keys for Unlocking a Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Program in Texas Universities and Colleges
About us:
UT Austin:
50,950 students
Top 7% (or 8%) rule
18 colleges and schools
Counseling & Mental Health Center (CMHC):
Housed in Division of Student Affairs
Short-term
Multidisciplinary staff
See about 5600 students/year (45% increase over past 5 years)
CMHC Prevention & Outreach Team
Be That One Suicide Prevention (9 years)
Mental Health Promotion (<3 years)
Programs currently merging
Primary prevention
Population-level interventions
Use of data to drive decisions
Use of evidence-informed practices (when available)
Evaluation methods
Social Ecological Model
The Solution
National Resources
National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Prevention Resource Center:
Prevention Specialists
The JED Foundation: The Campus Program
The Steve Fund
National College Student Suicide Prevention Listserv: cssp_listserv@utlists.utexas.edu
Challenges
Stigma
Coordination of suicide prevention program
Increase in clinical demand impacts prevention work
Targeted programs that incorporate diversity conciousness
Rapid technology growth
Partnerships with faculty
Program outcome data
No professional home
Campus carry
Strengths
Increase in resources and comprehensive programming
Increase in student invovlement
Gatekeeper training
Relationship and coalition building
Providing mental health support and resources
Raising awareness
Identifying students at risk (suicide assessment)
Responding to crises
Cluster contagion
Postvention
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