Jackson State University’s Metro Jackson Community Prevention Coalition in collaboration with the Latasha Norman Center for Counseling & Psychological Services has implemented the Crisis Prevention Resource (CPR) Project. CPR is designed to prevent suicide attempts and completions through a comprehensive approach which is designed to enhance the infrastructure of mental health service, suicide prevention, and crisis management on Jackson State University’s campus. The project targets, students, faculty, staff, administrators, and parents to reduce risk for suicide and promote protective factors. The project’s goals are to reduce suicide attempts and completions among: residential/first year students, upperclassman, racial/ethnic minority students, students with disabilities, international students, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) students on all JSU campuses.
These goals will be achieved by providing education to students, faculty, staff, administrators, and parents designed to enhance knowledge, skills and abilities to identify and refer high-risk students; identifying and respond to early warning signs and risk behaviors; promoting protective factors; increasing students’ awareness of personal risk and protective behaviors; increasing the utilization of resources for counseling and wellness within the target populations; reducing stigma of mental and behavioral health conditions; engaging students, faculty, staff, parents and other key individuals and constituencies in leadership roles to facilitate suicide prevention within the target populations; and promoting a wellness program on all campuses, specifically targeting the high-risk populations.