The Suicide Prevention Program on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is a joint undertaking of the Counseling Center and McKinley Health Center. The program began in 1984, with the aim of reducing the risk of suicide in the University of Illinois student community. Any individual (friend, relative, faculty, or residence hall staff) can notify the Suicide Prevention Team if a student they know makes a suicidal threat or gesture. This report paves the way for the referred student to enter a system of professional help, by requiring them to complete four sessions of assessment with a mental health professional. The student’s safety is the main concern for those involved with the program. Every effort is made to respect and protect the student’s confidentiality, provided that their safety is maintained.
To contact the Suicide Prevention Program, call the Counseling Center, 217-333-3704, or McKinley Mental Health, 217-333-2705, and ask for a member of the Suicide Prevention Team.