Suicide Prevention and Awareness Policy
Ivy Tech is committed to student success, which includes academic support and career readiness. At times, despite our best efforts, students can experience obstacles in their lives that challenge even those most committed to succeeding. Likewise, the College is committed to the health and wellbeing of our faculty and staff. They too can experience similar obstacles and challenges that may impact their ability to perform their best work in support of the College’s mission. Because suicide is a leading cause of death among college students, Ivy Tech is committed to providing students and staff with information to increase awareness of suicide prevention. As such, each campus will provide a list of resources available to students and staff through a website that will be updated periodically, but at least annually, by representatives in Student Life. This resource will provide national, state, and community crisis intervention information including suicide prevention hotlines, available mental health programs, programs or resources offering information on crisis hotlines and suicide warning signs; educational and outreach activities related to suicide prevention; post-intervention plans, including information on effective communication with students, staff, and parents after the loss of a student or faculty member due to suicide; and mental health services and other support services, including student organizations.