Multimedia Resources

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As specified in House Bill 28, multimedia application access shall include crisis hotline contact information, suicide warning signs, resources offered and free-of-cost applications.

What are multimedia applications and why are they Important resources? 

Multimedia application access refers to a multi-platform program (self-contained or linked to an extant application) that can be used to access accurate and effective suicide prevention resources. The multimedia application is free to the campus community*, comprehensive and customizable to each institution.

Effective multimedia application access is important because it provides students, faculty, staff and campus community members with quick and easy information on behavioral health* facts, campus and community services, prevention and treatment resources, referral sources, and answers to frequently asked questions. Multimedia application tools help to provide users with constant and sustainable access to needed information at low (to institution) and no cost to public IHE community members. Multimedia applications can greatly assist campuses in supporting campus community members in distress.

Components for Effective Multimedia Application Access

The following components must be considered for effective multimedia application access:

  • Content needs to be evidence-based
  • Content must include suicide warning signs, 24-hour crisis hotline contact information, available resources, and clear steps for bystander information
  • Applications need to be user-friendly with instantaneous access
  • Within the applications, available resources must be easy to locate
  • Applications need to be free to campus community members
  • Applications need to be customizable to campus and community resources
  • Anonymous use of applications
  • Students need to be involved in selecting applications and providing input on effectiveness
  • Applications need to be provided for multiple platforms (iPhone, Android, web, tablet, etc.)

*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

Multimedia 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