5.36 Wisconsin : Suicide prevention: Although the university has taken action, new grant proposal shows more work to be done, The University of Wisconsin-Madison Cardinal Times, Apr. 7, 2011
At the University of Madison-Wisconsin, the Counseling and Consultation Services (C&CS) division of University Health Services has created several new initiatives to help support students and prevent suicide. A new case management program allows students with long-term mental health and social support needs to receive referrals to therapists within the community. A new walk-in system that allows for an initial consultation with a mental health service provider without an appointment has contributed to a 30 percent increase in initial student contacts. The C&CS division has also added an initiative called Let’s Talk, which provides informal counseling services at locations other than the counseling center. The university has applied for a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to create a comprehensive suicide prevention program. One proposed focus area is binge drinking on campus. According to statistics from the Wisconsin Violent Death Reporting System, one third of suicide decedents between 2001 and 2006 had alcohol in their system at time of death.
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