Buffalo State College (BSC) is pleased to announce receipt of a grant on suicide prevention from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in order to help our campus effectively respond to this need. Beginning in September of 2011, BSC will utilize grant funds to create a comprehensive campus suicide prevention program, Buffalo State Cares, by enhancing current campus and community outreach about suicide in order to create a social climate that encourages detection of suicidal ideation/ behavior, promotes referrals to mental health services, and results in increased help-seeking behavior by students. This will be a joint project between The Counseling Center and the SUNY Research Foundation/Center for Development of Human Services (CDHS).  Click here for more information about CDHS.

There will be a number of ways for faculty and staff to become involved in this project, including, but not limited to:

  • Curriculum consultation and review for online trainings for incoming students and their family members
  • Support for a PSA ad campaign to promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • Support for development of a mobile app to give students and staff immediate access to information when they are helping someone in a suicidal crisis
  • QPR Gatekeeper training to support someone in suicidal crisis
  • Joining with our community partners to develop a model policy related to transporting students off-campus to meet their emergency mental health needs
  • Attending the symposium on suicide prevention
  • Highlighting program events to your students
  • Referring students for counseling, mental health emergency support, or promoting their advocacy through volunteering with our outreach efforts

For more information, please contact Latise Hairston, Buffalo State Cares Outreach Worker at 716-878-4847.