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- Continue to train a peer-based program to help create natural connections and interactions with at-risk students before the individual reaches a ‘crisis’ point.
- Use peer relationships to ‘normalize’ natural distress related to life experiences and the developmental challenges faced by college students.
- Facilitate connections to a wide array of student groups, organizations, clubs, and interest groups as a method o f increasing connection and engagement and decreasing isolation.
- Touchstone Social Network (TSN) students participate in a 6 week training program that covers suicide prevention, helping skills, bystander intervention, and referral resources. Touchstone Peers participate in ongoing weekly training meeting and have office hours. Touchstone peers will assist future TSN trainings and be a primary resource for students.
- Train key faculty and staff in gatekeeper training in order to create more opportunities for intervention with at-risk students.
- Develop a document to advise faculty on how to meet the needs o f students in distress.
- Develop and mail information to parents, faculty and staff about the risk o f suicide, depression, and substance abuse in college, and also direct them to web-based resources.
- Develop two levels of training: Basics (formerly called Prologue) (15 minutes introductory training), and Touchstone Resource training (2 hour).
- Continue to implement a web-based depression screening tool to reach out to students and allow them to interact with a clinician anonymously.
- Design and maintain an interactive website that provides information to faculty, staff, parents, and students about suicide risk factors and how to respond.
- Review policy on an annual basis in order to maintain best practice standards and encourage continuity across campus.
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Johnson, Douglas P., "Touchstone Suicide Prevention Project" (2014). University of Maine Office of Research and Sponsored Programs: Grant Reports. 17.