The purpose of this project was to evaluate the types of suicide prevention policies that were implemented by colleges and universities that participated or are currently participating in the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act (GLSMA) federal grant program. This grant program requires participating institutions to implement at least one campus-wide suicide prevention policy. However, the content of those policies has yet to be elucidated. Representatives of each GLSMA grant campus were sent a short quantitative survey that assessed policies regarding means restriction, leave of absence, mental health screening, medical amnesty, education for students, education for faculty and staff, and media management of suicide. Responses were compared with regards to campus size, institutional sponsorship or affiliation, campus setting, and student body residence status, prior suicide prevention policies, and grant status. More than one-third of schools noted having at least one suicide prevention policy prior to their grant period. The majority of schools implemented policies regarding suicide and/or suicide prevention education for students, faculty and staff. Leave of absence policies for suicidal students were also frequently implemented, particularly at private, residential, and urban/suburban institutions. This research is the first to report on the prevalence of suicide prevention policies at institutes of higher learning, as well as on policies implemented by GLSMA campus grantees.
Recommended CitationKirchner, Gregory, "Trends in Campus-Wide Suicide Prevention Policies: A Survey of the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act Campus Grantees" (2017). Master of Public Health Thesis and Capstone Presentations. Presentation 231.