Why I Advocate for Better Suicide Prevention Programs


Molly Jenkins
Mental Health Advocate

Today we continue our five part series on youth suicide prevention. Guest perspectives come from National Network of Depression Centers and Active Minds Inc., as well as personal stories from both a peer and family member. In today’s audio post, mental health advocate and suicide attempter Molly Jenkins shares why advocacy is so important in her life of wellness.

Why I Advocate for Better Suicide Prevention Programs

While a Junior in college, Molly Jenkins attempted suicide – twice. Her recovery began with attending and completing a six month partial hospitalization program in Chicago, IL. Upon returning to school she became a mental health advocate because she, “knew there were other people who, like me, were suffering in silence.”

In an audio interview, Ms. Jenkins shares where her inspiration for mental health advocacy comes from.

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Your Turn

  • What are you doing to get people talking about youth suicide prevention?
  • How can we get young adults, parents, school administrators and counseling centers talking matter-of-factly about campus suicide?

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Our five week series on Youth Suicide Prevention began with a post exploring risk factors and continued last week with suggestions from Active Minds Inc. on how to engage the campus community

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