Program Expands Interactive Screening to Protect Students

By American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Special for  USDR

Each year, 10 percent of college students report that they have seriously considered suicide and more than 1,100 college students die by suicide. Those students who need help the most are often the least likely to seek help on their own, even when services are available to them. The Interactive Screening Program (ISP) is an online tool offered by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and used by college and university counseling centers to reach distressed students and help connect them to mental health services before a crisis emerges. In 2017, AFSP will expand the program to 20 additional colleges and universities  nationwide.

“Oftentimes, feelings of shame, fear or uncertainty prevent students from seeking help,” said Dr. Christine Moutier, AFSP’s Chief Medical Officer. “Through ISP, we are able to reach those students who may be struggling with issues like anxiety, depression or adjustments to college life. Through a customized and highly confidential approach, ISP addresses individuals’ perceived barriers to getting  help.”Continue Reading