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Foundation Unveils Mental Health Guide to Help Colleges with Distressed Students

While colleges and universities must prepare for incidents of student violence, they should recognize that suicide and self-injurious behavior are “much larger public-health problems on campuses,” according to a manual released by the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit suicide-prevention group. “Student Mental Health and the Law” presents answers to more than two dozen questions about the legal and ethical issues colleges face when dealing with distressed students.

Those questions include: What are unreasonable accommodations for a disability? Is it legal to use a behavioral contract with a student who has a disability? How should Web-based screening and counseling be provided? The guide also includes several “good practice” recommendations. It urges colleges to develop leave-of-absence protocols, to offer insurance with mental-health coverage and to avoid zero-tolerance policies that require automatic dismissals for students who attempt suicide.

“There’s this volume of misinformation that impacts peoples’ handling of distressed students,” said Joanna Locke, a consultant for the Jed Foundation. “This document was developed to explain where the law ends and good practices begin.”

Source: The Jed Foundation, November 6, 2008

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