Step Up & Speak Out
Helping Our Campus Community
Mental health issues are an increasing concern on college campuses, with faculty and staff in the role of "first responsers" to crises and other difficult situations. Step Up and Speak Out was created to assist you in making choices when responding to individuals in emotional distress, those at risk for suicide and those who may exhibit disruptive behavior. Kent State Univeristy is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for our campus community, and you can be part of this effort. Helping those in need strengthens our community and is an integral part of keeping the campus safe and ensuring individuals can be linked to appropriate services and resources.
STEP UP AND SPEAK OUT GOALS
- Increase awareness of and ability to identify individuals at-risk for suicide or other mental health concerns among Kent State University students, faculty, and staff.
- Increase help-seeking behaviors, by reducing the stigma associated with counseling and increasing awareness of available mental health resources.
- Decrease barriers to treatment by referring individuals to an appropriate resource.
- Further cultivate a culture of caring throughout the Kent State University community.
If you have questions about the Step Up and Speak Out campaign, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that this email address is not monitored 24-hours per day, and should not be used as a mental health resource. We provide additional resources for immediate suicide prevention support.