Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health Creates Resource for Statewide Dissemination

The Inter-University Council and the Ohio Department of Higher Education are disseminating SUICIDE PREVENTION, INTERVENTION AND POSTVENTION: A Resource and Programming Guide for Ohio Institutions of Higher Education, a publication created by Ohio Program for Campus Safety & Mental Health Manager Jessica Zavala, M.P.A., statewide. Coordinating Centers of Excellence Executive Director Ruth Simera, M.Ed., LSW, and former NEOMED employees Dr. Mark Munetz and Dr. Russell Spieth also contributed to the guide. The guide combines examples of how mental health services could be improved in Ohio institutions of higher education through expanded funding, including relevant COVID-19 data and research, and specific suicide prevention, intervention and post-vention resources with contact and cost information. This publication is particularly timely because GEERS/CARES Act funding for mental health initiatives is available for Ohio institutions of higher education. Campus stakeholders may find it at neomed.edu/csmh/resources.

-Submitted by Carole Harwood

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