NEW YORK, Sept. 11, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — In recent years, events like the tragedies at Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois University spurred the creation of campus teams that can both anticipate and respond to different types of campus problems or threats. More recently, the tragic shootings in Colorado brought attention to the role of campus teams. As students begin a new school year, a comprehensive guide for establishing new teams and managing existing ones is being made available to colleges and universities across the country. “Balancing Safety and Support on Campus: A Guide for Campus Teams” is a free online resource and project of the Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA). The initiative is being led by The Jed Foundation, the nation’s leading organization working to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among America’s college students.
“We are incredibly proud to have been able to lead such an important project on behalf of HEMHA,” says John MacPhee, Executive Director of The Jed Foundation. “College is a critical time for mental health, and effective campus teams are essential for identifying struggling students before problems worsen. The new guide is a comprehensive tool for schools to help with their efforts to promote emotional health and protect the safety of all students.”
The reality is that, while violent events may generate headlines, college students are far more likely to pose a risk to themselves than to others: suicides are between 75 and 100 times more commonthan homicide on college campuses. Campus teams can play a crucial role in early identification of problems, early intervention and suicide prevention on college campuses. This new guide covers the full range of each team’s responsibilities, from worries about a struggling student to campus safety concerns. Created with input from a group of national experts who have served on and advised teams throughout the country, the guide helps campus professionals understand all of the factors that should be considered, including team mission and scope, name, membership, functions and procedures, as well as common pitfalls and obstacles they may face.
Campus professionals can access this free, downloadable resource by visiting The Jed Foundation website at www.jedfoundation.org/campusteams.