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BSC Receives Grant for Campus Suicide Prevention Program

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    Monday, March 02 2009
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

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(Bluefield)—A grant to support the Bluefield State College campus suicide prevention program has been awarded to the College.  The grant, totaling $10,000, was presented to BSC by the Morehouse School of Medicine Psychiatry/Cork Institute HBCU Center of Excellence.

As author of the grant, Dr. Anthony Woart (BSC Professor of Sociology and Director, Minority Health Institute), noted, “I am pleased that BSC will be able to offer these services to our students and the college community as a whole.  The BSC Suicide Prevention Program is designed to accomplish several vitally important goals.  These include developing and implementing a sustainable student support network for a campus-based suicide prevention, awareness, and training program, as well as an increase in students’ awareness and utilization of campus-based suicide preventive services.”

These goals will be accomplished through the identifying and increasing students’ knowledge of risk factors for suicide, as well as developing and implementing a referral program that connects students to available campus-based suicide preventive services while also providing a linkage to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline as part of the crisis response on campus.