Preventing a “suicide contagion” in students: Opinion

July 20, 2021
In a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Kate Hidalgo Bellows discusses student mental health issues, suicide, and how institutions can appropriately address the issues students are facing. Bellows describes how responses to student suicides can inadequately address the tragedy or could even perpetuate a cycle of student deaths or “suicide contagion.” The author writes that institutions should acknowledge the death without sensationalizing the suicide and reduce access to common suicide methods. Bellows provides a look at institutions which have invested in suicide prevention measures such as faculty, staff, and student training; creating long-term mental health clinics; and having adults who know students personally and care about the challenges in their lives. Chronicle of Higher Ed (Subscription req) (Editorial)