Suicide Prevention

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.


QPR Suicide Prevention Training

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer — the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

This one-hour training is available to all Elon faculty, staff, and students.  QPR 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:

  • How to Question, Persuade and Refer someone who may be suicidal
  • How to get help for yourself or learn more about preventing suicide
  • The common causes of suicidal behavior
  • The warning signs of suicide
  • How to get help for someone in crisis

To access the online QPR training, follow the steps below:

  1. Visit the QPR Training website.
  2. Enter the organizational code: ELON
  3. On the following page you will be asked to enter your name and email address. You must use your email address. This will create an account for you. You can then login and review the training.

If your group is interested in having a Counseling Services staff member facilitate a follow-up discussion to the online training, please complete the Workshop Request Form.