Prevention Programs

AFSP Online Depression Screening Program

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

UC has partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to launch an anonymous online depression screening program in an effort to reach our most vulnerable students. Through this program, students are personally invited to complete a web-based stress depression questionnaire and connect anonymously with a campus psychologist to discuss their results.

While UC is still in the first year of implementing this program, reports of success are rolling in. Our counselors send out invitations to students in clusters of 100 – 200 students per week during the academic year. Depending on the campus, we average between a 4% and 13% response rate to the invitations, which is on par with the national average. Out of the students who choose to complete the questionnaire, approximately 14% begin treatment at a campus counseling center. Counselors report that the program has helped to identify students with suicidal ideation, and has helped distressed students locate resources on campus. To learn more about the program, visit the link below.

National Depression Screening Day

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UC actively participates in National Depression Screening Day which is part of CollegeResponse®, a program of Screening for Mental Health, Inc. The program raises awareness and screens students for depression and related mood disorders. NDSD is the nation’s oldest voluntary, community-based screening program that gives access to a validated screening questionnaire and provides referral information for treatment. Traditionally this event is held annually in October, but it is offered more frequently on some UC campuses.

During the event, students receive incentives to complete a brief screening and then receive private one on one feedback from a campus psychologist. At our most successful events, upwards of 300 students are screened throughout the course of one day.

Below you will find links to UC’s most effective method of hosting a successful NDSD event including a checklist, related research, and suggestions for incentives.

How to coordinate an NDSD event (pdf)

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NDSD 2006 UC San Diego Success Story (pdf)

Directing Change  

UC is the first higher education system to join the Directing Change StudentDirecting Change Student Video Contest - Win $500 Video Contest. Students created 60-second public service announcements in an effort to raise awareness about mental health on their campus.  Directing Change is part of a statewide effort to prevent suicide, reduce stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to promote the mental health and wellness of students. To learn more about the program, visit the link below.

Directing Change Student Video Contest