Help Prevent Suicide on Campus and in the Community
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Did you know approximately 28% of Pacific students seeking care at the Student Counseling Center indicate in their initial paperwork that they' re experiencing suicidality?
You may be wondering how you can help or how you can access help. It is important to get familiar with the supports and resources available to students so that you can be ready to make the referral and provide support when you recognize a student or peer in need.
Talking about suicide can feel uncomfortable and scary. While you don’t have to be a mental health professional to make a difference, it can be useful to learn more and to practice speaking up by engaging in a QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training at Pacific.
QPR is the most widely used manualized gatekeeper training that is designed to teach participants to recognize the warning signs, clues, and suicidal communication of people in trouble, and to gain skills to act to prevent a possible tragedy utilizing the QPR method.
QPR training will be offered to the Pacific University community:
- Thursday, Sept. 29 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. in person on the Forest Grove Campus. Register here.
- Wednesday, Oct. 19 | 5:30–7:30 p.m. in person on the Hillsboro Campus. Register here.
- Tuesday, Nov. 15 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register here.
In addition to the Student Counseling Center, a great resource available is the Student Counseling Center’s 24/7 Support and Crisis Line. Mental health professionals are available to provide confidential support and connect students with resources 24/7 by calling the SCC Support and Crisis Line at 503-352-2999.
For more information, contact the Student Counseling Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.