Recognize the warning signs and help prevent suicide

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Did you know that approximately 28% of Pacific students who seek care at the Student Counseling Center indicate in their initial documents that they are in a suicide situation?

You may be wondering how you can help or how to access help. It is important to become familiar with the supports and resources available to students so that you can be prepared to make the referral and provide support when you recognize a student or peer in need.

Talking about suicide can be uncomfortable and scary. While you don’t have to be a mental health professional to make a difference, it can be helpful to learn more and practice speaking by participating in QPR (question, persuasion) training. , reference) to Pacific.

QPR is the most widely used manual access guard training, designed to teach participants to recognize warning signs, clues, and suicidal communication of people in difficulty, and to learn the skills to take action to prevent a possible tragedy using the QPR method.

QPR training will be offered to the University of the Pacific community:

There are simple things we can all do to protect our sanity, and you don’t have to do it alone. Join the Get Rooted at Pacific event which will take place in the main lounge of each residence from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, September 10. ), while receiving additional information and resources.

In addition to the Student Counseling Center, an excellent resource available is the Student Counseling Center’s 24/7 Crisis and Help Line. Mental health professionals are available to provide confidential support and connect students with resources 24/7 by calling the CSC Crisis and Support Line at 503-352-2999.

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