Students, faculty, staff, and teaching assistants are essential when it comes to preventing suicide and promoting help-seeking behaviors among their peers. UHS offers consultation with concerned third parties.
Parent suicide prevention resources
Parents and guardians can play an important role in promoting a student’s mental health. It is important for family members to be aware of common stressors students face at college, intervene when there are concerns about a student, and know about available resources. We recommend that all parents familiarize themselves with the 3 R's: Recognize, Respond, Refer.
Remind your student that taking care of their mental health is just as important as taking care of their physical health. Strive to keep the lines of communication open throughout the semester to serve a source of support for students as they face both academic and personal challenges, especially during their first year.
Check out our parent guidebook for tips and strategies on talking with your student about mental health.
It may be difficult for parents to intervene if they live in different cities, states, or even countries than their student. If you have any questions about or are concerned for your student, please contact UHS at 608-265-5600 or the Dean of Students Office at 608-263-5700.