By Judy Reed, Director of Veteran Services and Outreach, CMVE
Currently, over 39,000 students are enrolled in Excelsior College. More than 40% of these students are military servicemembers and veterans.
Studies have shown that veterans are twice as likely to die by suicide as civilians (Kaplan & Marshall, 2007). Of veterans in college, 46% reported some suicidal thinking, while 10% planned suicide, and 7.7% percent attempted it (Maffly, 2011).
It’s important to understand the signs someone may exhibit when they are in crisis. Would you know what to do?
Excelsior College has an online suicide prevention tutorial for staff and faculty called EC CARES, which stands for:
Excelsior College Concern & Awareness Raises Emotional Success
You can locate this short tutorial in MyExcelsior. From the perspective of a current student, click “Go To Excelsior Online Courses (Blackboard 9)” on your home page. In the My Courses area, click “courses where you are a student” and click the “EC CARES Tutorial” link. You can start, stop, and return to the tutorial to complete it at your convenience. This training is categorized as professional development.
To learn more about how you can make a difference preventing suicide in your community, visit the website for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention at afsp.org.