Suicide Prevention Program
UVa’s suicide prevention program was initiated in 1996 following a grant by the Clay Foundation.
The program’s emphasis is on providing services to reduce the incidence of suicide and save lives. The structure of the program involves primary, secondary and tertiary prevention. Primary prevention revolves around community education regarding manifestations of suicidality, depression and other mental health concerns, particularly with gatekeepers. Secondary intervention focuses on clinical assessment and treatment of students at risk for suicide. Tertiary intervention includes treatment and/or case management for students at high risk, often following a suicide attempt or increased thoughts about suicide. Ongoing program assessment using the Air Force suicide prevention program areas ensures an attempt at continuous quality improvement.