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Suicide Training for Colleges and Universities - Prevention/Intervention

Prevention/Intervention

Suicidal thinking and behavior among college students can result from a wide variety of problems including drug and alcohol abuse, mood disorders, problems in social relationships and physical health problems. As many of these issues emerge during the college years, faculty, staff and students are often the first to notice these behaviors. Many college students who die by suicide never seek the available help within their institutions.

A unique community-based intervention, Connect increases the competence of campus communities in recognizing individuals at risk for suicide and connecting those at risk to help. Included is a review of National Best Practice protocols specific to colleges, interactive case scenarios based on possible campus situations, and discussion on how to integrate key campus and community services for an effective and comprehensive response. Click here for more information

Postvention

A suicide death can have a devastating impact on a campus community. Since knowing someone who has died by suicide is one of the highest risk factors for suicide, postvention (response to a suicide death) becomes an important part of prevention efforts. Postvention training is offered as a proactive planning tool to promote healing and reduce risk on a campus in the event of a suicide or any sudden death.

Using nationally designated best practice protocols, lecture, discussion and case vignettes, participants will learn important steps for reducing risk of contagion. Ideally,  postvention training is provided in advance to prepare key campus community members to respond to a suicide and to enable schools to incorporate postvention protocols into their emergency response plans. Click here for more information