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Mental Health

Suicide Prevention Week 2019

Suicide Prevention Week 2019

In spring 2019 78% of UD students reported their academics were affected for at least one day in the past 4 weeks due to emotional or mental difficulties (UD Healthy Minds Study March 2019). 

During the week of September 8-14th initiatives around mental health promotion and suicide prevention at the University of Dayton will be highlighted.  These initiatives are grounded in the UD Step Care Model. The UD Step Care Model illustrates a holistic approach to mental health and provides a framework to guide students through conversation that broadens the perspective of wellbeing, encourages individuals to be proactive, and promotes campus supports. 

During this week, the Division of Student Development will be providing training, education and resources regarding mental health to the community, which will continue throughout the academic year. We, as an institution, are committed to building each individual's capacity to be an active member of our community of care which builds confidence in an individual’s ability to balance their responsibilities and challenges them to grow in ways that allow students to thrive at the University of Dayton and beyond.


Throughout the week, all members of the community are encouraged to participate in a variety of activities listed below:


Mental Health Promotion & Suicide Prevention




Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention initiatives at the University of Dayton strive to enrich the community of care that is an intrinsic piece of our institutional identity.  To be successful as an institution, all within the UD community must be involved and take an active role to model an ethos of wellness that destigmatizes mental health issues and educates around mind, body, and spirit issues.  By providing training, education and resources, we are committed to building each individuals' capacity to be an active member of our community of care. The knowledge and skills students learn during their time at UD allow them to successfully navigate the complexities of life in order to thrive, graduate and go on to live productive lives.

Mental Health is defined as the state of well-being in which an individual realizes their own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to their community (World Health Organization, 2014).

24 Hour Immediate Crisis Assistance:

Call Public Safety: 937-229-2121 

Call 911

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (1-888-628-9454 for Spanish)

Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741


Mental Health Promotion and Suicide Prevention