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2019 Suicide Prevention Week

By Sarah DeWitt, Coordinator of Health Education and Wellbeing

In Spring 2019, 78% of UD students reported their academics were affected for at least one day in the past 4 weeks due to emotional or mental difficulties (UD Healthy Minds Study, March 2019). 

September 10th was first recognized as World Suicide Prevention Day in 2003, with the intention of bringing awareness to suicide and mental health. Mental Health is defined as, "the state of well-being in which an individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community" (World Health Organization, 2014).

During the week of September 8-14, initiatives around mental health promotion and suicide prevention at the University of Dayton will be highlighted. These initiatives are grounded in the UD Step Care Model, which illustrates a holistic approach to mental health and provides a framework to guide students through conversation that broadens the perspective of well-being, encourages individuals to be proactive, and promotes campus support. Through this framework, the programs and events comprising Suicide Prevention Week, and the larger mental health promotion and suicide prevention initiative, we strive to enrich the community of care that is an intrinsic piece of our institutional identity. 

During this week, the Division of Student Development will provide training, education, and resources regarding mental health to the community, which will continue throughout the academic year. We, as an institution, are committed to building each individual's capacity to be an active member of our community of care which builds confidence in an individual’s ability to balance their responsibilities and challenges them to grow in ways that allow students to thrive at the University of Dayton and beyond.

All members of the community are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities listed below:


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