A sense of belonging is more than a feeling. It’s been linked to students’ academic success and retention outcomes, in addition to improving mental health and overall well-being. But can it save lives? As 80% of college students believe there’s a mental health crisis on their campus, college counseling centers across the country are feeling the effects of the crisis firsthand. Between the overwhelming demand for mental health services and the increased acuity among student patients, the increased need for support has highlighted the urgency of suicide prevention efforts on campus. Could a sense of belonging be what students need to be safe?
Hear from leading experts in mental health, suicide prevention, and student engagement for a panel discussion on why creating an increased sense of belonging among students should be a part of your school’s suicide prevention plan.
Moderator: Aneri Pattani, Senior Correspondent at KFF Health News
- Dr. Janis Whitlock, Senior Advisor, The Jed Foundation, and Emerita Research Scientist, Cornell University
- Amy Gatto, Director, Research & Evaluation, Active Minds
- Rick Gatteau, PhD, Vice President of Student Affairs and Instructor, Higher Education Administration, Stony Brook University