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Question, persuade, refer

Students attended QPR training, an acronym for question, persuade and refer Thursday evening. The event taught students how to approach the subject of suicide with friends and loved ones through a series of role playing exercises.

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 22, 2017

Ashley Evearitt said suicide is the second leading cause of death in teens 18-24.   “Suicide continues to be a prevalent issue in society,” the Counseling Center staff therapist said. “Students can sometimes forget how common suicidal thoughts among their friends and family members ca...

Netflix series sparks discussion

Stephanie Cunningham, senior staff psychologist – outreach and training coordinator for the counseling center worked with the RFWC and the DOSO to put on the event “13 Reasons Why Suicide is Not the Answer” for National Suicide Prevention Week. Cunningham said she only expected about four or five students to come and was shocked to see they ran out of seating. “What it boils down to is positive outlook, we all have a part to play with suicide prevention. Take a minute to save a life. That’s the fundamental that it all boils down to; that’s really all it takes to make a difference.”

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 19, 2017

Lakota Iron Rope said her sister attempted suicide during suicide awareness month a few years ago and has attempted various times in recent years. Since then, the freshman psychology major has had a passion for suicide awareness and prevention. In light of suicide awareness month, the Counsel...

Suicide awareness through ribbons, training

Nick Leighty

September 1, 2015

September is Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month. Yellow ribbons will be available at the Counseling Center, Student Health Center and other locations on campus. There will be a QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training class from 9-11:30 a.m. Sept. 12 in Carter Hall. All USI communit...

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