Higher Education Center for Alcohol and
Other Drugs and Violence Prevention
The Higher Education Center helps campuses and commu-
nities address problems of alcohol, other drugs, and
violence by identifying effective strategies and programs
based upon the best prevention science. The website
includes a featured hot topic, a product spotlight, the latest
research, and other learning opportunities.
College Drinking – Changing the Culture
This site, created by the National Institute on Alcohol
Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), is a one-stop resource for
comprehensive, research-based information on issues
related to alcohol abuse and binge drinking among college
students. Special features include college alcohol policies,
alcohol myths, statistics and summaries, and supporting
research. The “In the News” section features timely media
coverage of alcohol-related topics, and NIAAA college
materials are available through the site.
Suicide Prevention Resource Center
This site contains more than 490 web pages and 250
library resources on suicide prevention information. The
site is also a portal to other valuable resources about
suicide prevention programs. Individual state suicide
prevention pages, news and events, an online library, and
training links to other websites are also included.
written by a family doctor; many never see a psychiatrist.
Then they get to college with so many psychostressors, and
the drugs that got them through high school are no longer
adequate to help them function in a more stressful environment. You have a multi-problemed population lacking coping
skills coming to campus on medications. The campus practice
looks more like community mental health than ever before.”
What can senior student affairs officers (SSAOs) do to
support counseling center directors?
“Some senior student affairs officers are former counseling
center directors, so they have a good understanding of what is
needed. They can provide the resources, the funding, and the
space as centers continue to serve growing numbers of students. At Georgetown, our staff has increased each year since
Founded by Phil and Donna Satow after the suicide of
their 20-year-old son, Jed, the foundation is the nation’s
leading organization working to prevent suicide and
promote mental health among college students. The site
highlights programs for students, parents, and colleges.
Its library and newsroom include important facts, informa-
tion on depression and other factors that affect adolescent
mental health, and federal and state legislation related to
ULifeline is an anonymous, confidential, online resource
center where college students can be comfortable
searching for the information they need and want
regarding mental health and suicide prevention.
The most recent version of ULifeline includes enhanced
student features and a new component called “Counseling
Central” built exclusively for college mental health and
student affairs professionals. Currently, more than 1,200
colleges and universities participate in the ULifeline Network.
This extensive site covers many aspects of hazing,
including fraternity, sorority, athletic, high school, and
military hazing. Viewers can check out the latest hazing
books, find anti-hazing speakers, read the latest hazing
news, find alternatives to hazing, or get another viewpoint
by reading pro-hazing e-mail. Current research on hazing
is featured, as well as ways to get involved in supporting
These websites were provided by Tim Marchell, director of
mental health initiatives for Gannett Health Services at
I’ve been here and Cornell doubled its clinical staff while
I was there.
SSAOs must work to create a delicate balance. They must
understand state statues and realize that staff members can
lose licenses for breaking confidentiality. Sometimes the dean
of students and senior SSAO want to know details beyond
what a mental health professional feels comfortable in sharing.
On the other hand, some counseling directors feel they
shouldn’t share anything.
SSAOs should encourage a close working relationship with
counseling leadership and strike a balance in each direction.
When a student is a danger to themselves and others, you
may have greater latitude. SSAOs should also support development of threat assessment teams and student-of-concern