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Carmen Stoen
Sep 5, 2014

September is Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month

Sep 5, 2014 by Carmen Stoen

September is…

Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among traditional college-aged people in the U.S.A.

The yellow ribbon symbolizes support for those who have been impacted by suicide & the knowledge that suicide is preventable!

What you can do to help:

Increase awareness in the USI community by wearing a YELLOW ribbon and by giving a ribbon to a student or colleague. Yellow ribbons are available in the Counseling Center, University Health Center and Dean of Students Office. 

Attend the QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training on Saturday, September 13th from  9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Carter Hall.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Following the official QPR presentation, additional helping skills will be discussed and practiced in the context of your role at USI.

All members of the University community are invited to participate in this special training, and separate concurrent sessions will be offered for faculty/staff and students. Space is limited and pre-registration for this event is required. To register go to the Counseling Center web page (usi.edu/counselingcenter). 

Questions: Contact the Counseling Center at 812-464-1867.