Counseling Services to host suicide prevention training on Friday

This week marks the 44th annual National Suicide Prevention week

Counseling Services invites students to attend a Suicide Prevention training session on Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Union. The Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) training session will cap off a week of programming in honor of National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.

University Police are partnering with Campus Wellness and Counseling Services for Friday’s program. The program will deliver information for students, faculty and staff to identify early warning signs of depression and suicidal thoughts.

The QPR session will introduce a framework for students to talk about depression, and develop appropriate tactics to approach and recognize warning signs of suicide. It is similar to bystander intervention, Deputy Chief of Police Joshua Sticht said.

“All it takes is for one person to attend and to save a life for it to be worth it for all of us, so that’s awesome,” Sticht said.

National suicide prevention lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

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