Suicide Prevention & Awareness

Illinois Central College is committed to reducing the stigma of mental health issues and is dedicated to bringing awareness to this important mental health topic.

The stigma associated with mental illness can have a devastating impact on individuals and their families. Learn what you can do to help yourself and others…

How to make a difference

  • Promote the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (handout wallet cards with information and post magnets wit the phone number in easily recognized places)
  • Take a Mental Health First Aid course training
  • Learn more about suicide signs/symptoms

Learn more about suicide

Sign up for MHFA/YMHFA

Learn more about how to respond to someone that is having suicidal thoughts by signing up for a class. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognized program to train individuals in the signs/symptoms of mental illness. MHFA is the help offered to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The first aid is given until appropriate treatment and support is received or until the crisis resolves.

ICC will be offering the MHFA training in the Fall 2015 semester. Sign up today!

The trainings are one credit hour with an 8 hour all day training, in person, from 8 am – 5 pm and an online component after the training:
HUMSV 150 — 2845 — ADULT MHFA Saturday, September 19, 2015
HUMSV 150 — 2928 — ADULT MHFA Friday, November 6, 2015
HUMSV 150 — 2996 — YOUTH MHFA Saturday, November 7, 2015

Any questions about MHFA can be sent to Judy Huff at (309) 690-6891

Resources for youth at-risk of completing suicide

The ReachOut website’s content is to help teens and young adults facing tough ties and mental health issues


LGBT Suicidal Behavior

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13 – 24.

Veteran Resources

Helping those who have lost a loved one to suicide

Where do I Begin?

Local support group for survivors of suicide

Social Media’s role in suicide prevention

Social awareness can be spread around the world in seconds with all the forms of social media we have today. However, we must be good stewards of how we spread information. Here’s a list of things to do and not to do when discussing suicide. Our words have power — use them for good.

All websites and referenced material is approved by the government as evidence-based programs. This material was made available to you through a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health.