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Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources

The University of Kansas Medical Center works closely with our clinical partner, The University of Kansas Health System, to develop and share resources for our campus community.

We strive to improve our community's wellness and well-being, providing practical strategies for suicide prevention and resources to realize our goal of zero suicides in our internal community.

Crisis Resources

Available 24 hours a day, toll-free and confidential:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line
Text TALK to 741-741

Trevor Lifeline / Chat / Text
866-488-7386

Available on campus:

The University of Kansas Hospital Emergency Department:
Emergency services are available onsite 24/7 for anyone experiencing a crisis, such as thoughts of suicide.

KU Medical Center Counseling and Educational Support Services:
Between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays (non-holidays), KU Medical Center students and residents experiencing a crisis (e.g., a traumatic event or thoughts of harming themselves or others) may contact our Counseling and Educational Support Services office at 913-588-6580.

Well-Being and Mental Health Care Resources

For Students, Residents and Fellows:

  • Counseling and Educational Support Services provides counseling and psychiatric services for KU Medical Center students and residents within a confidential, inclusive atmosphere of safety and respect. To make an appointment, call 913-588-6580 or schedule online.
  • The Student Ombudsperson offers a safe space for students on our three campuses to discuss problems or issues within the university. The Ombudsperson treats all inquiries as confidential. To access services, call 913-588-4698.
  • The Graduate Medical Education Ombudsperson is an academic faculty member without alignment or administrative connection to either program leadership or School of Medicine/GME leadership. The Ombudsperson serves as a sounding board or resource for residents and fellows with questions or concerns about their program, faculty or school. Current GME Ombudsperson include:
    • Jennifer Fink, M.D., assistant professor of internal medicine (jfink2@kumc.edu)
    • Margaret Smith, M.D., MSHA, MPH, associate professor of family medicine and associate dean for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (msmith33@kumc.edu)
    • Melanie Meister, M.D., assistant professor, obstetrics and gynecology (mmeister@kumc.edu)
    • Satish Ponnuru, M.D., assistant professor and vice chair of clinical affairs, plastic Surgery (sponnuru@kumc.edu)
    • Jeremy Cook, M.D., assistant professor, anesthesiology (jcook@kumc.edu)

For University Employees:

Available to State of Kansas benefits-eligible employees and their dependents at no charge, the Employee Assistance Program offers confidential counseling services available 24/7. Call 1-888-275-1205 (option 1) or visit GuidanceResources Online. Our company ID is SOKEAP.

For Health System Employees:

Employees of The University of Kansas Health System can access around-the-clock support from licensed behavioral health professionals. Call 833-848-1764 or visit New Directions Behavioral Health. Choose “For Individual and Family Members,” then enter the login code: Health System.

For UKP Employees:

Contact master's-degreed clinicians 24/7 by phone, online, live chat, email or text. Receive referrals to support groups, a network counselor or community resources. If needed, you can be connected to emergency services. Visit The Standard or call 888-293-6948.

For Any Employee or Student at KU Medical Center or The University of Kansas Health System:

The HOPE Team (Helping Our People Endure) is a diverse group of health system employees who have received specialized training to support peers who have experienced distress related to an unanticipated adverse patient event, medical error and/or patient-related injury. The HOPE Team is available to any employee or student within the medical center or health system who is experiencing signs or symptoms of second-victim phenomenon. Utilization of the HOPE Team will help enhance patient safety through peer-to-peer support by increasing the well-being and resiliency of our employees and students. Email hope@kumc.edu to place a consult.  

For Anyone:

Nationally recognized psychiatry and behavioral sciences services are available from The University of Kansas Health System, with a variety of appointment types available.
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On-Demand Educational Resources

A partnership between KU Medical Center and The University of Kansas Health System focused on suicide prevention brings together a multidisciplinary team to develop and distribute resources. The following recorded presentations are available for our campus community and others focused on suicide awareness and prevention.

Suicide Prevention
Stacie Stoltz, MSW, LSCSW
Clinical Manager, The University of Kansas Health System
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Trauma-Informed Care
Morgan Stebens, MSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Coordinator, The University of Kansas Health System
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When to Ask for Help
Lisa Guthrie, MSN, RN-BC, CMSRN
Education Specialist, The University of Kansas Health System
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Depression and Anxiety
Christina Ferran, LCPC and Kenneth Loos, MS, LMLP, LCP
Behavioral Health Therapists, The University of Kansas Health System
View recording

Online Resources