About Us

Vision:

Every college and university student living with a mental health challenge finds the hope and skills to succeed.

Principles:

Experience counts. The things you learn from living with a challenge or issue (like depression or schizophrenia) or living through an experience (like a suicide attempt) are valuable and can help others.

Expert teams solve problems. Expertise is based on formal and informal education. Mental health is a complex topic that is best tackled by experts working together.

What we do:

Applied research and evaluation: Carefully study topics and approaches related to mental health promotion and suicide prevention in real-world settings. Use what we learn to help make products and services more effective as soon as possible.

Community education: Take what mental health experts (including our own) are saying in places like conferences and academic journals, translate it into “everyday” language, and share it in places where more people can benefit from it (like the web, e-books, Twitter).

Consulting: Take what we are learning from our projects and the community experts we work with, translate it into “policy” and “academic” language, and share it in professional circles.

Leadership:

Dr. DeQuincy Lezine, President & CEO, started working on student mental health issues as a sophomore at Brown University.  He got his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in suicide prevention research at the University of Rochester. Throughout his career, he has maintained a passion for mental health promotion and suicide prevention with college students.

  • […] Prevention Communities is a resource for college and university studies. They translate research findings into everyday language so that more people can understand the information. DeQuincy is the president and CEO, and his goal is to help every student access the skills, and subsequently the hope, to cope with a mental health challenge. Their blog, 8 Stories Up, is an excellent resource for students. […]