Campus Suicide Prevention Program

Founded in the Public Health Model for suicide prevention, the vision of the Columbia College Chicago Campus Suicide Prevention Program is to make three-dimensional connections within and among our campus community members. We nurture connections interpersonally, intrapersonally and system wide through the development of the life-skills, including empathy. Our program employs the principles of dance/movement therapy, a body/mind approach to healthcare, to enhance the empathic capacity of our community. In addition to life-skills training, our program offers education about the warning signs, risk factors and protective factors of suicide. We encourage our community members (students, faculty, staff, parents and administration) to utilize the campus and community resources available to assist in effectively treating those in need.

The Stencil Project

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 Making Connections Workshop 
Open to ALL Columbia College Students.



Prevention through body based learning.


The Shannon Hardy Making Connections Workshops began through the Department of  Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling in 2002 in honor of a young woman named Shannon Hardy who suffered from Bipolar Disorder and at the age of 25 took her own life. It is the hope of those involved in this project to employ Shannon's love of movement as a vehicle for change through educating the community on suicide prevention. 


This workshop utilizes didactic and experimental approaches to learning. The emphasis is placed on life-skills training in addition to information dissemination. Participants will be instructed in body-based approaches to learning whereby a felt experience and kinesthetic knowing can aide in warning sign detection and foster prevention. 

Masters level Dance/Movement Therapists will facilitate all workshops. 


Enhance mental wellness


  • Participants will increase their social and supportive networks on campus.
  • Participants will identify and practice effective communication skills.
  • Participants will be more willing to utilize the Counseling Center services at Columbia College Chicago.

Foster Protective Factors through life-skills training

  • Participants will learn to identify their feelings and the feelings of others through body signals.
  • Participants will learn and practice affect regulation through movement experientials.
  • Participants will learn and practice empathy building skills.
Suicide Prevention Steps: 
  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to differentiate between and identify in themselves and others the risk factors, warning signs and protective factors of suicide.
  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to identify the early to late warning signs that will require an effectively empathic reponse.
  • Participants will demonstrate the ability to take effective action as the completion of their empathic response. Further Resources for College Students

Contact: Susan Imus for additional information and to sign up to attend a workshop.