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The mission of the HCC is to provide exceptional, inclusive, integrated health care. We promote student success and wellness through education, advocacy and outreach to the University of Denver community.

Success Through Wellness

Suicide Prevention

Suicide affects millions of people each year. While there is no single cause to suicide, it most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Fortunately, everyone can play a role in suicide prevention. If you are suffering an emotional or suicidal crisis, know that there is hope and help is available. Visit our Suicide Prevention section to learn what you can do to keep yourself safe and steps you can take right now to get yourself back on track and living mentally well.

If you are concerned about a friend who may be in emotional crisis or thinking of suicide, learn how to talk with them, what to watch for, risk factors, warning signs, and what to do by visiting the When Someone is at Risk section. If a friend or family member has experienced the death of a loved one from suicide and you want to help but don’t know how to go about it, learn how you can help


Coping with Loss

If you have lost someone to suicide, the feelings can be overwhelming and can seem unmanageable. For survivors of suicide loss, there is no one way to best handle the tragedy of suicide, but there are tools available that can help you cope with your grief. Check out our Coping with Loss section to learn helpful tips on taking care of yourself, things you’re likely to face in the first few days after a loss, and additional resources for loss survivors.


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As an agency, the HCC values and is committed to the principle of inclusivity and the promotion/celebration of diversity with respect to all its forms. We are a multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary, and multi-theoretical staff striving to provide culturally competent clinical services, medical treatment, outreach programming, advocacy and training opportunities. We recognize that recent events in our country may leave certain groups, in particular, our Muslim identified students and international students, feeling unsafe and unvalued. As an agency devoted to caring for the emotional wellness, physical wellness, and mental health needs of our students and community, we believe that we have a special obligation to reject oppression in all forms. We seek to provide a protected space for impacted students who may need support during these difficult times. We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and affirming environment for all DU students.