2016 Student Research Conference:
29th Annual Student Research Conference

Trends in Depression and Suicide among Truman Students 2011-2015: An Analysis of MCHBS data
Meghan C. Senne
Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentor

The increase in both depression and suicide rates in college-age youth across the nation indicates a pressing need for effective suicide prevention on college campuses. An analysis of data taken from the Missouri College Health Behavior Survey reveals patterns of concern relating to depression, suicidal thoughts and attempts, and student attitudes towards suicide intervention, both at Truman State University and universities across Missouri. At Truman State University, the survey data show an encouraging increase over the past few years in both awareness of an online suicide prevention resource (Ask Listen Refer) and in reported willingness to bring up the topic of suicide with someone who may be at risk. However, a recent decline in reported help seeking behavior is problematic. Further research should be conducted to identify barriers to help seeking behavior among Truman students.

Keywords: depression, suicide, prevention, college

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-1
Location: GEO-SUB
Time: 3:30

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