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MAPS Training (Mental health Awareness & Preventio...

Friday, March 31, 2017,

  • Location: Center for Student Wellbeing

What is MAPS?

MAPS is a joint initiative between the Center for Student Wellbeing and the Psychological and Counseling Center (PCC) initiative to prevent suicide in the campus community while promoting mental health awareness. MAPS was funded by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. government's Department of Health and Human Services.

What does MAPS do? The goal of MAPS is to work toward suicide prevention and mental health awareness through education and outreach in the campus community. The PCC staff will work with its campus partners throughout Vanderbilt University to provide skills to students, faculty, and staff to identify and assist those in need of help due to mental health concerns.

Why is MAPS important? MAPS will help address a major public health problem: suicide. Over 30,000 people die by suicide in the United States each year – approximately one person every 18 minutes. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 15-24, the time when most students attend college. There is also a strong association between suicide and mental illness. Suicide is a preventable phenomenon, and MAPS will help in that prevention.