Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. The majority of college suicides occur among students who have not accessed counseling services.

As part of a larger suicide prevention effort, VMI is committed to providing the Institute community with education on how to recognize, understand, and respond to cadets in crisis. It is believed that early identification and intervention is crucial when acting to mitigate risk and prevent a tragedy from happening here at VMI. Educating and empowering faculty and staff about how to recognize and effectively respond to cadets in distress is a vital component of our suicide prevention plan.

The VMI Suicide Prevention Plan is based on the premise that, while we will never be able to eliminate suicide, we can provide specialized services to identify cadets at risk for suicide and to provide crisis and /or on-going mental health services upon referral.

JED Mental Health Resource Center
JED’s Mental Health Resource Center provides essential information about common emotional health issues and shows how young people can overcome challenges and make a successful transition to young adulthood and beyond.

Lifeline for Attempt Survivors
Support for persons living with suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts, provided by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and SAMHSA.

ULifeline is another anonymous, confidential, online resource where cadets may comfortably search for information regarding mental health and suicide prevention.  ULifeline is available anywhere, anytime online.

Stay Connected AppA safety net of communication for individuals who are feeling suicidal. MY3 lets you define your network and your plan to stay safe.


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