There have been multiple college student deaths on campus locations where our organization has staff members. As difficult as those circumstances are to navigate, it is a great time to be a campus minister in those situations. It is precisely for these situations that God calls us to bring His love and comfort to hurting people, whether they are people of faith or not.
If you have resources relating to student suicide that might be helpful, please send them along to us here. We’ll gather them up and post them when they reach a critical mass.
Here’s a quote from Inside Higher Ed from an article about recent suicides at Yale and Cornell:
we know from our own work and much other research that each year about 10 to 15 percent of college students seriously think about suicide, and approximately 2 to 4 percent will make an attempt. This means that for every college student who dies by suicide, there are hundreds who have tried and thousands who have thought about it. Yet, we still have no overarching psychological theory to explain exactly what moves someone from thinking about suicide to taking action.
Let’s see if we can work together and help one another develop resources … and hope we never need to use them.
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