Higher Education

Higher Education

Resources for Higher-Education Population


Did you know… According to the most recent National College Health Assessment

  • 41.9% of U.S. college students reported feeling so depressed it was difficult to function at some point within the past twelve months.
  • 1% of college students reported seriously considering suicide within the past 12 months.
  • Ohio has a wide breadth of higher-education institutions with 14 public universities, 24 regional campuses, 23 community colleges, and over 120 adult workforce training centers. Altogether, these systems serve roughly 600,000 students

Although these statistics are alarming, the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation supplies resources to serve the higher education population in Ohio. Read the list below:

REACH OUT—Suicide Prevention Mobile App for College Students

REACH OUT is a suicide prevention mobile app designed for college students by Lakeland Community College in partnership with the Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation (OSPF).  The App features key information on suicide warning signs, how to help a friend or oneself, and customizable resources for mental health and crisis intervention.  By disseminating the REACH OUT app on your campus, you can fulfill many of the requirements of Ohio H.B. 28, requiring suicide prevention programming for students on public campuses.

Most importantly, a limited number of Ohio higher education institutions can sign up to customize the Reach Out app for use on their own campuses for free.  The REACH OUT mobile app is highly customizable and can include your school colors, logos, graphics, and branding as well as your own campus and community resources. The name of the app may also be customized to align with the campus culture or existing programs.  Participating colleges and universities will join a collective of institutions disseminating the REACH OUT app on their campuses: The REACH OUT Affiliate Campus Group.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling first come, first served basis.  All REACH OUT Affiliate campuses will license the app from Lakeland Community College at no cost.  All computer programming costs associated with customization of the app will be covered by OSPF through SAMSHA GLS Grant: SM062894.

Visit our REACH OUT Webpage for a full list of expectations for REACH OUT Affiliate Campuses.


Reach out to  support@ohiospf.org with any questions.


Ohio Higher-Education Learning CoPs

OSP offers Higher Education Learning Communities of Practices (CoPs) for all institutions interested in forming strong suicide prevention plans. The CoP supports college and university staff in developing system-wide suicide prevention plans and identifying the most effective resources to implement within their institutions of higher education. Key topics covered on the learning CoP include:

  • A review of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center’s comprehensive approach to suicide prevention and strategies for implementing this approach within a higher education institution
  • A review of Ohio House Bill 28, the resources available on its website, and steps to effectively meet its requirements- and save student lives- on campuses
  • Success stories from Higher Education institutions throughout the US who have created and implemented effective suicide prevention plans and programs on their campuses.


OSPF Higher Ed CoP members will be able to purchase Kognito Suicide Prevention simulations for campus students and faculty at a 10% reduced rate. This CoP is appropriate for all institutions interested in ensuring they implement system-wide suicide prevention programming & plans on their campuses (with or without the use of Kognito). The 2019 Higher-Ed Learning CoP will take place in the Summer of 2019 with exact monthly webinar dates TBD.


Kognito Gatekeeper Trainings Provide:

  •  Education on how to recognize warning signs of distress
  • Tips for having helpful conversations with others
  • Practice having those conversations through avatars


Higher-Education Simulations:

At-Risk for College Students

At-Risk for College Students features:

  • 30 minutes
  • Listed in National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP)
  • Listed in SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry
  • Users assume the role of a peer and talk with Travis, a fellow student who has been posting sad things online and has not been in touch with his friends recently. The users’ goal is to find out how he’s doing, educate him about available support services, and encourage him to make an appointment.

LGBTQ on Campus
Kognito - LGBTQ on Campus
LGBTQ on Campus features:

  • 30 minutes
  • Developed in collaboration with The Trevor Project and Campus Pride
  • Listed in the SPRC/AFSP Best Practices Registry
  • Conversations include:
    • Addressing anti-LGBTQ harassment
    • Responding to someone coming out
    • Intervening with a peer in distress


Veterans on Campus
Kognito - Veterans on Campus
Veterans on Campus features:

  • 30 minutes
  • Developed in collaboration with Student Veterans of America
  • Conversations include:
    • Supporting Peers
    • Understanding Common Challenges
    • Learning about Local Resources