Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Many people who are suicidal want to live, but feel hopeless and unable to find another way to cope with their thoughts or feelings. The majority of college students who die by suicide are suffering from a mental health concern, most commonly depression. Identifying and treating mental health problems is especially important in suicide prevention. As a member of the Elon community, you may help prevent the tragedy of a suicide. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs, take those signs seriously, and respond appropriately.
Counseling Services is offering a one-hour, online suicide prevention training called QPR for all faculty, staff, and students. QPR, which stands for Question, Persuade, Refer, is much like CPR; they are both basic strategies to keep a person alive until they can receive medical/mental health care. The training covers the following information:
If your group is interested in having a Counseling Services staff member facilitate a follow-up discussion to the online training, please contact Counseling Services at (336) 278-7280 to schedule.