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Student Mental Health on Campus: Claims Involving Suicidal Students

Heather Salko, Esq.
March 2021

Why Read This

Suicide is among the leading causes of death for college students. United Educators (UE) reviewed 223 claims related to student mental health and found that suicide-related claims were among the most frequent and costliest. This report focuses on key data points and lessons learned from the suicide-related claims. Use them to help your institution prevent and respond to this risk.

See Key Findings: Liabilities and Lessons From Claims Involving Suicidal Studentsfor a 2019 update to this study.

Key Takeaways

  • Suicide prevention is an ongoing campuswide effort.
  • Reducing the stigma of seeking help, reminding students that college struggles are a normal part of maturing, and continuously offering support resources may help students get the assistance they need.
  • Training those who interact regularly with students to spot distress signs can increase the likelihood of identifying and responding to at-risk students.
  • Suicide affects the entire community, and it’s important to know how to respond properly.

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