Colleges and universities wishing to implement the ISP should begin by downloading and reviewing the ISP Manual. The manual describes how the program works, what it can achieve, costs, and implementation procedures.
After reviewing the manual, interested schools should complete the online Request for Information Form. An AFSP staff member will contact you to talk about bringing the ISP to your campus.
Interested schools may also want to talk with someone on a campus where the ISP is being used.
Listed below are some universities that are willing to share their experiences with prospective schools. Contact information is available through AFSP:
- The College of Charleston – Charleston, SC
- Cornell University – Ithaca, NY
- Emory University – Atlanta, GA
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Cambridge, MA
- North Dakota State University – Fargo, ND
- University of California San Diego School of Medicine – San Diego, CA
- University of California San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
- University of Maine at Orono – Orono, ME
- University of South Carolina – Columbia, SC
- University of Southern Maine – Portland, ME
- Xavier University – Cincinnati, OH
Several published studies have reported the ISP’s success in college and university settings. Key findings include:
- Ten to 15% of those invited to participate submitted the online ISP questionnaire. This represents a meaningful percentage of the estimated 15 to 20% of college and university students estimated to have clinically significant mental health problems.
- Among those who submitted the questionnaire:
- 95% showed clinically significant symptoms of a mental disorder.
- 90% were receiving no mental health treatment at the time.
- 90% returned to the website to read the counselor’s response.
- Over 30% engaged in at least one online dialogue exchange with the counselor.
- 25% attended at least one in-person meeting with the ISP counselor, and 20% entered mental health treatment with that person or another provider.
- Those who engaged in at least one dialogue exchange with a counselor were 3 to 4 times more likely than those who did not dialogue to meet with a counselor in-person session, and to enter ongoing treatment.
Click on each study to download:
- Garlow, S. J., Rosenberg, J., Moore, J. D., Haas, A. P., Koestner, B., Hendin, H. and Nemeroff, C. B. (2008), Depression, desperation, and suicidal ideation in college students: results from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention College Screening Project at Emory University. Depression and Anxiety, 25: 482–488.
- Haas A.P., Koestner B., Rosenberg J., Moore D., Garlow S.J., et al. (2008). An interactive Web-based method of outreach to college students at risk for suicide. Journal of American College Health, 57(1), 15–22.
- Moutier, Christine MD; Norcross, William MD; Jong, Pam MD; Norman, Marc PhD; Kirby, Brittany MSW; McGuire, Tara MS; Zisook, Sidney MD (2012). The Suicide Prevention and Depression Awareness Program at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine.
Ann P. Haas, Ph.D.