University of Missouri

54-12: A Resolution to Endorse Adding a Suicide Prevention Hot Line to the Back of University of Missouri Identification Cards

Missouri Students Association Senate

University of Missouri

54-12

A RESOLUTION TO ENDORSE ADDING A SUICIDE PREVENTION HOT LINE TO THE BACK OF UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI IDENTIFICATION CARDS

PURPOSE: To endorse the Wellness Resource Center and their affiliates in their initiative to add a suicide prevention hotline to the back of University of Missouri Identification Cards.

WHEREAS, suicide is the second leading cause of death among university students; AND

WHEREAS, a comprehensive study of 70 colleges and universities found that nearly 55% of students have thought about suicide in the last year; AND

WHEREAS, a suicide prevention hotline would guide students, faculty, and staff through the processes of talking to people who are at risk and finding them resources for help; AND

WHEREAS, placing the number for a suicide prevention hotline on the back of ID cards would add significant accessibility to this valuable resource; AND

WHEREAS, The Wellness Resource Center and their affiliates are working in conjunction with the MU Counseling Center and the Suicide Prevention Task Force and the ID office to add a 24/7 crisis hotline number to the back of all University of Missouri Student ID Cards; AND

WHEREAS, Since no university-affiliated 24/7 crisis hotline number is available, The Wellness Resource Center, with the support of the Missouri Students Association, proposes adding the MU Counseling Center number on the back of the University of Missouri Identification Cards with the intent to add a crisis hotline if one does become available.

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION HERE ASSEMBLED that students stand in strong support for the initiative to add a suicide prevention hotline to the back of University of Missouri Identification Cards.

Respectfully Submitted,

Chad Phillips Syed Ejaz

Chairman of Campus and Community Relations Vice Chair of Campus and Community Relations

 

Alex Higginbotham Jonathan Hambacker Daniel Chacko

Senator Senator Senator

 

Polly Haun      Kate Hargis Camille Hosman

Senator      Deputy Chief of Staff Legislative Coordinator