Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 18-24 year olds. Most individuals who attempt suicide communicate signs of their intentions in the week prior to their attempt. On college campuses, many of these students are not seeking services at their university counseling center. But the warning signs of a suicidal person often are observed by peers, faculty, staff and family members. Unfortunately, these people often are unaware of the meaning of these signs or don’t know how to respond.
To change this, the Counseling and Human Development Center offers Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training, which will teach you the warning signs of suicide, assist you in gaining confidence to respond and educate you about the resources available from the university. Trainings are scheduled throughout the spring semester.
For more information, or to schedule a training tailored for your department, contact Jennifer Myers, coordinator of suicide prevention services, at 803-777-5223 or email@example.com.