Preventing student suicide

Chico State gets nod for mental-health programs and suicide prevention

Chico State was recently recognized by the Jed Foundation for its mental-health and suicide-prevention programs.

The JedCampus Seal is awarded to schools that “exhibit comprehensive mental-health promotion and suicide-prevention programming on campus,” according to a Chico State press release. To earn the seal, Chico State completed a voluntary survey including sections on strategic planning; identification of at-risk students; “gatekeeper” education; increasing help-seeking behavior; provision of mental-health services; crisis-management procedures; restriction of access to potentially lethal means; and helping develop life skills and promoting social networks.

Chico State was the only university in the California State University system to earn the seal.

“There is always more we can do, but we’re moving in the right direction,” said Brian Reinhardt, associate director of Chico State’s Counseling and Wellness Center.