UK-IN-CASE: University of Kentucky Increasing Networks for Awareness of Suicide and Emergencies

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UK-IN-CASE is working to create campus networks… IN CASE of suicide… IN CASE of a psychiatric emergency… and IN CASE someone you know needs help!

Is suicide a problem?

• Every day, about 80 Americans take their own life

• Over 33,300 people in the United States die by suicide every year

• A person dies by suicide about every 16 minutes in the United States

• Eight out of ten people who have died by suicide have spoken about their intent before killing themselves

• Suicide rates in the United States are highest in the spring

• There are approximately 832,500 suicide attempts each year

• An estimated 5 million living Americans have attempted suicide

• A suicide attempt is estimated to be made once every 38 seconds

Why UK?

• On average, a young person (age 15-24) dies by suicide every 2 hours and 5 minutes

• Suicide is the 3 rd leading cause of death among people aged 15-24

• 60% of high school students claim that they have thought about committing suicide

• 9% of high school students say they have tried to kill themselves at least once

• 1 in 12 college students has a suicide plan

• 15% of college students have attempted suicide

• Suicide rates for college students across the United States are about double that of nonstudents the same ages

The University of Kentucky, along with several community partners, is working to raise awareness about the problem of suicide in college-aged individuals. UK is doing this through the newly acquired University of Kentucky’s Increasing Campus Networks for Awareness to Suicide and Emergencies (UK-IN-CASE).

What is UK-IN-CASE?

UK-IN-CASE was established in 2008 and is a joint venture of the College of Social Work and the UK Counseling Center: Consultation and Psychological Services. Funding for the project is made possible by the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA, provide link:

It is the mission of UK-IN CASE to work to spread awareness on the UK campus and throughout the UK community of the problem of suicide and suicidal ideation.

If you would like more information about the UK-IN-CASE project, please contact Carrie Schurtz via email:

This website was developed [in part] under a grant number SM0584 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.