“You are so loved”: UNL students considering suicide are never alone
From counselors to a friend to talk to, students at UNL have many resources at hand.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – During this National Suicide Prevention Week (September 5 – 11), you may wonder about your children’s mental health. If they’re away at college, it can be difficult to track. However, it’s not impossible to make a difference, and students have a lot of help available on campus.
First and foremost, if you have a reason to suspect your student may need help, don’t wait. Just because you can’t be with them doesn’t mean you can’t help them.
UNL Director of Student Resilience Connie Boehm explains: “If parents want to reach out and talk to the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, if they’re really worried about their child, they can consult with CAPS and they can help parents determine how to best reach out to their sons or daughters.”
Of course, you may not know anything’s wrong. You’re not there to see small changes that could indicate a bigger problem. Luckily, there are 4000 students, staff, and faculty at UNL, “Gatekeepers”, who’ve all been trained for that very purpose, with more help on the way.
“We’re continually reaching out to different academic departments”, says Boehm. “We’d like to get more faculty trained than we have right now, which is working. We just had the College of Business do a huge training for their faculty on REACH, the Gatekeeper training.”
There are even more resources available for students who are struggling, like a friendly face who knows how to help.
“Within Big Red Resilience and Well-being, we have well-being coaches”, explains Boehm. “They’re undergraduate, graduate, and professional students trained to sit down and talk with students either via Zoom, in person, with masks on, or walk with a well-being coach.”
It’s just proof that there are lots of people who care, keeping an eye on things, helping your student navigate some potentially rough times.