Campus Communication Plans

Student Group

As specified in House Bill 28, public institutions of higher learning must create student communication plans that consist of educational and outreach activities on suicide prevention.

What are student communication plans and why are they Important

These plans consist of strategies used by academic institutions to disseminate information to the campus community* about educational and outreach activities, as well as behavioral health* resources both on- and off-campus.

Effective communication plans are important because the plans help students, as well as the broader campus community, receive information on available resources about suicide prevention and behavioral health issues. These plans should lead campus community members to the resources that save lives by providing evidence-based prevention and intervention steps. Additionally, the plans should advocate for positive behavioral health and aim to eliminate stigma and other barriers associated with seeking help for behavioral health issues.

These components must be included for effective student communication plans:

  • A clearly stated institutional policy regarding comprehensive suicide prevention
  • Ongoing education regarding risk factors and warning signs to suicide
  • Ongoing education regarding steps to take to when recognizing an individual in distress
  • Available referral sites and sources, which could include:
  • Local suicide prevention coalitions
  • Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Boards
  • Student groups and organizations
  • On and local off campus behavioral health and counseling providers
  • On and local off campus support groups
  • Use of best practices in student communication
  • Resources for the entire campus community, including ways to address distance learning students

*As used in this context, “campus community members” means the students enrolled in a public institution of higher education and the faculty and staff employed by that institution.

*As used in this context, “behavioral health” means mental health and addiction services.

Website Resources

Communications ULifeline The Jed Foundation The Jason Foundation Suicide Prevention Resource Center Screening for Mental Health Inc SAMHSA: Suicide Prevention Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation LifeAct National Suicide Prevention Lifeline National Institute on Mental Health Jordan Porco Foundation Higher Education Mental Health Alliance Ohio Keyword Crisis Text Line American Foundation for Suicide Prevention American Association of Suicidology