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Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students and more than half of college students will struggle with a mental health condition. This website aims to:
- Increase awareness of warning signs for suicide and psychological distress
- Provide resources that can help during a mental health crisis
- Give an overview of ODU's campus suicide prevention efforts
Monarchs THRIVE is ODU's mental health social norms campaign. This social norms campaign focuses on: spreading awareness about mental health and suicide, normalizing conversations surrounding these topics, and promoting available resources and encouraging help seeking among students.
THRIVE is an acronym. See below for details about each component of THRIVE:
Physical distancing does not mean we are alone. Technologies such as Zoom, FaceTime, and messaging apps can help us stay connected. As you text, chat, or meet up online, talk about mental health. Ask your friends and family how they are coping with stress, anxiety, depression, or isolation. Talk about how you are coping. Being open about our mental health is part of how we can support one another.
The significant changes in the world will affect all of us differently. We can help each other by hearing others' needs. Check in with people in your support system (e.g., online or over the phone) to see how they are doing. Ask them what they need during this challenging time. Simply listening shows that we care.
As we talk about mental health and hear others' needs, we also want to recognize warning signs that a person may need professional help. Persistent negative mood most days could be a sign of depression. We should also look out for warning signs that someone may be at risk for suicide, which is the second leading cause of death in college students and young adults. Warning signs for suicide include talking about killing oneself, feeling hopelessness or like a burden to others, and feeling trapped or having no reason to live. Also recognize behaviors that might indicate suicide risk, such as increased use of alcohol or drugs, withdrawing from activities and social supports (friends and family), and engaging in "goodbye" behaviors (such as giving away prized possessions). If you recognize any of these warning signs or are concerned that someone might be thinking about suicide, ask them. Research shows that asking people if they are thinking about suicide does not increase their risk. Quite the opposite, it lets them know that someone cares, and it allows a chance to find help for them. If you or someone else you know is thinking about suicide, it is time to enlist help from others NOW (see resources in #6. Enlist help from others below).
Self-care is essential to health. Just as we must brush our teeth regularly to avoid cavities, our thoughts and feelings will be healthier if we are proactive about our mental health. Self-care can include a range of activities that help us feel balanced and refreshed. Negative emotions thrive off of unused free time. Using our free time to do things that matter to us is part of self-care. Studying and working ahead on coursework, practicing a musical instrument, learning a new skill, playing video games, and cleaning and organizing are just a few options. Maintaining physical distancing during activities may require some creativity, such as forming an online group to play games or study, or virtual volunteering. Listening to podcasts or audiobooks during cognitive downtime, such as when doing chores, can help push away worry. Social interaction with people who treat you well is also important. Sharing your feelings with others, journaling, or reading books by experts may improve your emotional well-being by improving understanding of yourself and your emotions. Mindfulness meditation has been helpful for many people to learn to accept anxiety and to understand their thoughts and feelings. Learning and practicing mindfulness is easier if you use an app, such as Headspace or Calm.
During times of stress, it is important that we don't forget to prioritize our most basic needs. Eating a nutritious diet can improve mood and immune system function. Getting enough sleep is essential for physical health, mood regulation, and clear thinking. Taking medications as prescribed is important to stay healthy and safe. During times of stress, be careful about alcohol and drugs that have negative mood effects. Exercise is particularly beneficial because it releases endorphins, which have mood-boosting effect.
If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or are thinking about suicide, it is important to reach out for help. You are not alone. There are science-based treatments that work. These include individual therapy, group therapy, and in some cases medication. Sometimes people think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But seeing a therapist does not indicate weakness any more than seeing a doctor does. The ODU Counseling Services is open and available for telephone consultation and crisis counseling (Call 757-683-4401, press option #1 to schedule an appointment, press option #2 to speak with a counselor right away). In addition, many therapists, including ODU Counseling Services, are offering teletherapy, which is therapy online using video conferencing software.
Individuals who die by suicide often exhibit one or more warning signs through their words, behaviors, and/or moods. Learning about the risk factors and warning signs for suicide can help identify those at risk and save lives.
(Courtesy of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
See below for warning signs to look out for:
If a person talks about:
- Feeling hopeless
Having no reason to live
Being a burden to others
If a person shows these behaviors:
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
Withdrawing from activities
Isolating from family and friends
Sleeping too much or too little
Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
Giving away prized possessions
If a person seems to be feeling:
Loss of interest
If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away:
- Call a family member, friend, or trusted person.
- Call your therapist or mental health provider.
- Call your doctor's office.
- Contact one of the free, 24-hour crisis resources listed below to speak with a trained crisis counselor (see the Crisis Resources tab below).
- Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
If you have a family member or friend who is suicidal...
- Do not leave them alone.
- Try to get the person to seek help immediately from a mental health professional, other health provider (e.g., their doctor), or the nearest hospital (see the Crisis Resources tab below).
- Take seriously any comments about suicide or wishing to die, even if you do not believe they will actually attempt suicide. Communicating suicidal thoughts or urges is a sign of distress.
Contact one of the free, 24-hour crisis resources listed below to speak with a trained crisis counselor.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Free 24-hour hotline and online crisis network
Phone Hotline: 1-866-273-8255
Online chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
For Deaf & Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
- The Trevor Project LGBTQ+
Phone Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
Text to Chat: Send "START" to 678-678
Online chat: https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/
- Crisis Text Line
Free 24-hour crisis chat resource
Text HOME to 741741
- IM Alive Website: https://www.imalive.org/
Free 24-hour online crisis network
Online chat available: click here
- Substance Abuse Treatment Referral Hotline (SAMHSA)
Phone Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN)
Phone Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Online chat: https://hotline.rainn.org/online
- National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or chat at www.thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 22522
- National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
Phone Hotline: 1-866-331-9474
- National Runaway Safeline
Phone Hotline: 1-800-786-2929
Webpage (online chat available): https://www.1800runaway.org/
- Now Matters Website: https://www.nowmattersnow.org/help-line
*If you are in crisis, see the Crisis Resources tab above in the "Need Help?" section.
- ODU Counseling Services: ARE available! Call 757-683-4401, press option #1 to schedule an appointment, press option #2 to speak with a counselor right away.
- To find a provider in the Hampton Roads area, see the "Off-Campus Referral Network for Counseling Services" tab in the "Available Resources" section.
- Find a tele-provider for mental health:
- Are you concerned about a student or member of the ODU community? Submit a report here: https://www.odu.edu/life/support/student-outreach
- Need help developing an academic strategy during this challenging time? Schedule a Zoom meeting with an Academic Coach to maximize your academic strengths! https://www.odu.edu/success/programs/coaching
- Meet with Academic Advising: https://www.odu.edu/success/academic/advising
- Have questions about studying and learning remotely?
- Drop in virtually to the Learning Center a for Zoom Help Session. No appointment necessary! https://www.odu.edu/chip/learningcenter
- Information Technology Services (ITS) can help with Zoom, Blackboard, and other software needs: https://www.odu.edu/academics/student-computing/remote-learning.html.html
- Need accommodations for online classes? Contact the Office of Educational Accessibility: https://www.odu.edu/educationalaccessibility
- Find a tutor or other academic support: https://www.odu.edu/success/academic/tutoring#tab125=1
- Are you concerned about a student or member of the ODU community in need of emergency financial assistance? Submit a report here: https://www.odu.edu/life/support/student-outreach
- Do you need emergency financial assistance for tuition, housing, technology, wifi, or other academic resources? Please email ODU Cares at email@example.com to tell the team about your need and find what funding may be available. *Some students may be directed to apply for the Emily & Christine Maria Emergency Grant
- Free e-textbook and other free publisher resources available: http://guides.lib.odu.edu/c.php?g=1011892&p=7343579
- PCs for People, in association with Cox Connect2Compete: Professionally refurbished laptops starting at $100 https://cox.pcsrefurbished.com/sales/salesHome.aspx
- ODU Food Pantry (IGNITE Pantry): ring your ODU ID Mondays 12pm to 5pm; https://www.ignitenorfolk.org/ignitepantry
- ODU Cost Calculator: http://blue.odu.edu/admissions/calculator/
- Update on utility services not disconnecting for non-payment in Hampton Roads: https://www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/coronavirus-cox-utilities-changes-hampton-roads/
- PNC offering emergency help/guidance related to COVID-19 https://www.pnc.com/en/customer-service/coronavirus-update.html?lnksrc=homepage-alert
- ODU partnership with PNC on Virtual Wallet to help students manage their finances:https://www.pnc.com/content/pnc-com/en/personal-banking/banking/student-banking/old-dominion-university.html and provide student financial education resources: https://www.pnc.com/en/personal-banking/banking/student-banking/my-finance-academy.html
- Financial Awareness Counseling online for students paying or planning to pay for college: https://studentaid.gov/app/counselingInstructions.action?counselingType=fa
- Trevor Project Resources:
- Hotline Available 24/7 Call: 1-866-488-7386, Text: START to 678-678, Chat: www.thetrevorproject.org
- Trans Lifeline: https://www.translifeline.org/, Call: 1-877-565-8860, Available 10am-4am EST.
- Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia: https://tapvirginia.org/
- LGBT Life Center:
- ODU Office of Intercultural Relations: https://www.odu.edu/oir#tab69=4
- Human Rights Campaign summary of resources: https://www.hrc.org/resources/direct-online-and-phone-support-services-for-lgbtq-youth
- PFLAG: https://pflag.org/. Support page for individuals, families, or allies (https://pflag.org/needsupport).
- Equality Virginia Resources: https://www.equalityvirginia.org/resources/
- GLAAD Resource List: https://www.glaad.org/resourcelist
- ODU Military Connection Center: https://www.odu.edu/military/students/connection
- Veterans Crisis Line: Call: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1), Text: 838-255, Chat: veteranscrisisline.net/Chat
- DOD Safe Helpline: Anonymous, confidential hotline for DoD community members affected by sexual assault, Call: 877-995-5247, Chat: safehelpline.org/online
- Counseling services are available for military veterans and their families through the Cohen Clinic at the Up Center. You can schedule an appointment and ask about telehealth options today! https://www.theupcenter.org/cohenclinic-what-we-do/
- Local Cohen Clinic site: https://www.theupcenter.org/cohenclinic-what-we-do/
- Handout: https://www.theupcenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/VB-Clinic-Handout-Updated.pdf
- Telehealth: https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/telehealth/
- Telehealth handout: https://www.cohenveteransnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Telehealth-Rack-2019.pdf
- Be There for Veterans: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/support/be-there?utm_source=bethereforveterans.com
- VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) Program: Jerry Roth, Vet Success Counselor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (757) 683-7114. The VSOC Counselor program is a partnership between the US Department of Veteran Affairs and Old Dominion University to assist students with military affiliation to make a smooth transition to college life and to successfully complete their educational programs.
To view our referral network of off-campus counseling services in the Hampton Roads area, click here: /content/dam/odu/offices/counseling-services/docs/odu-referral-network-10-30-20.pdf
Supporting Health of LGBTQIA+ Students at ODU: Important information for faculty/staff about how to create an inclusive environment for LGBTQIA+ students can be found here: /life/health-safety/health/counseling/thrive/lgptq-resources-faculty
Supporting Health of Military-Affiliated Students at ODU: Important information for faculty/staff about how to create an inclusive environment for military-affiliated students can be found here: /content/dam/odu/offices/counseling-services/docs/faculty-resources-military-affiliated-students-feb-2021.pdf
Overview of ODU's Campus Suicide Prevention Grant*
*This work is supported by a Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant (Grant# H79SM080472) from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The view, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.
**Student Success Conference 2020 Presentation (Monarchs THRIVE: An Overview of Old Dominion University's Campus Suicide Prevention Grant) - view here: http://www.kaltura.com/tiny/ni3h1
Goal 1: Increase suicide prevention-related knowledge and skills among campus health service providers and health professions students.
The grant provides training for ODU's licensed mental health professionals (Office of Counseling Services) and other health service providers (Student Health Services) in suicide prevention skills and empirically supported treatments. In addition, suicide prevention workshops and courses are offered to ODU undergraduate and graduate students.
Goal 2: Increase the number of ODU students, faculty and staff exposed to suicide prevention gatekeeper training.
Gatekeeper training is an educational program designed to teach lay and professional "gatekeepers" the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. Gatekeepers can include anyone who is strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk for suicide. Two gatekeeper training programs have been offered during the course of the grant: Question Persuade Refer (QPR) through the Office of Counseling Services and safeTalk through our community partner—the Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation. A number of ODU students, faculty, staff, and campus police have attended gatekeeper trainings to date.
Goal 3: Increase awareness of mental health, substance use, and suicide prevention campus services among ODU students, faculty, staff, and other members of the ODU community.
A range of strategies are used to increase campus awareness of mental health resources including: free on-campus and online mental health screenings, our website with information about suicide warning signs and suicide prevention resources, ODU mental health resources via course syllabi, as well as events and activities via social media (through the Office of Counseling Services).
Goal 4: Increase capacity to serve at-risk student groups by enhancing campus awareness, specifically LGBTQ+ students and military affiliated students.
We are working with campus and community stakeholders (Office of Intercultural Relations, Sexual and Gender Alliance, Military Connections Center, LGBT Life Center, and Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia) to increase campus awareness of these at-risk student groups as well as to enhance campus and community resources for these groups.
Goal 5: Increase suicide prevention efforts by ODU health service and community agencies through a ODU Campus-Community Suicide Prevention Task Force and ODU campus-community referral network.
The Suicide Prevention Campus-Community Taskforce is comprised of ODU campus and community stakeholders who are committed to improving mental health norms and resources, as well as reducing suicide risk, among the ODU community: ODU campus stakeholders (Office of Counseling Services, Student Health Services, Office of Intercultural Relations, Office of Educational Accessibility, Social Sciences Research Center, Military Connections Center), ODU student organizations (ODU Army ROTC, Greek Life, Student Government Association, Sexuality and Gender Alliance), and community partners (Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church , LGBT Life Center, and Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia).
Goal 6: Decrease negative suicide- and mental health-related social norms, as well as frequencies of stressors, substance use, and suicide-related behavior among ODU students.
Monarchs THRIVE is ODU's mental health social norms campaign. THRIVE is an acronym: Talk about Mental Health, Hear Friends' Needs, Recognize Warning Signs, Invest in Self Care, Value Health and Wellness, and Enlist Help from Others. This social norms campaign focuses on: spreading awareness about mental health and suicide, normalizing conversations surrounding these topics, and promoting available resources and encouraging help seeking among students. While the campaign does all of these things for the general student body, it also provides targeted resources for specific populations (e.g. LGBTQ+ and military affiliated students).
Goal 7: Increase policy making and implementation efforts among key ODU personnel through the development of a campus-wide suicide prevention plan.
By the conclusion of the grant, the Campus-Community Taskforce will write and enact a campus-wide suicide prevention strategic plan that will direct the campus suicide prevention efforts for years to come.
Project Directors/Principal Investigators
Catherine Glenn, Ph.D. (2020-2021)
Matt Judah, Ph.D. (2018-2020)
Nancy Badger, Ph.D., Co-PD/PI (2018-2020)
Angela Holley, Ph.D., LPC, CSAC, CCTP, CAMS-I, Co-PD/PI (2018-2020)
Rob Cramer, Ph.D. (2018-2020)
Office of Counseling Services
Hank Crofford, M.A., LPC, NCC, CCTP (2018-2020)
Ragan Killen, M.S. Ed (2019-2020)
Student Health Services
Darylnet Lyttle, Ph.D., RN, FNP-BC (2020)
Kristi Mantay, MPA, PA-C (2019-2020)
Office of Intercultural Relations
Jake Reeves (2019-2020)
Andrew Garber (2020)
Military Connections Center
Kristal Kinloch-Taylor (2018-2020)
Office of Educational Accessibility
Susan Nixon (2018-2020)
ODU Army ROTC
LTC Camala Coats (2020)
Social Science Research Center
Tancy Vandecar-Burdin, Ph.D. (2018-2020)
Shamiece Banks (2020)
ODU Graduate Students
Gabrielle Ramsey-Wilson, B.S. (2019-2020)
Nathan Hager, M.S. (2018-2020)
Student Campus Stakeholders
Henry Kronlage, Army ROTC (2020)
Jennifer Duarte, OIR (2020)
Jillian Soloman, SGA (2020)
Kai Dowell, SAGA (2020)
Cory Gerwe, Ph.D., LGBT Life Center (Norfolk) (2020)
De Sube, Transgender Assistance Program of Virginia (TAP) (2020)
Michelle Peterson, Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation (2018-2020)
Reverend John Rohrs, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (Norfolk) (2018-2020)
Sarah Hustead, TAP (2020)
Stay tuned! Under construction.