September is National Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. The Steve Fund makes it easy for institutions and individuals to get involved in supporting the mental health and emotional well-being of students of color. Here are some ways to join us on your campus:
Promote the Free, 24/7 Steve Keyword Crisis Text Service
The Steve Fund has created a special keyword, STEVE, that young people of color can text to 741741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor, 24/7, confidentially, for free.
The Steve Fund’s advertising efforts for the keyword service have reached over half a million students of color throughout the country and usage has increased by 300% during 2017. Our campus partnership network is carrying the message about the service to university counseling centers and campus activity centers throughout the country. Join us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “STEVE Keyword Partnership.”
Host a Steve Fund Expert Workshop
We offer an array of programs and services designed to assist both higher education institutions and nonprofits. Our workshops and webinars are designed and delivered by experts from psychology, psychiatry, social work, and research backgrounds.
Campuses can support the transitions of young people of color from home to college, college persistence, and college to career through our self-care workshops which address microagressions, imposter syndrome, perceived discrimination, stereotypes, and LGBTQ issues. We also offer workshops for parents and technical assistance for faculty, staff, and administrators. Email email@example.com with the subject line: Host an Expert.
Offer the Kognito At Risk for College Students Simulation
At-Risk for College Students is a 30-minute online mental health simulation. In the simulation, users enter a virtual environment and engage in a series of interactive exercises including a simulated conversation with a virtual student who exhibits signs of psychological distress including anxiety, depression, and suicidal ideation. The simulation is listed in SAMHSA’s National Registry for Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) and in Section III of the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry.
To sign up for the service, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.