October 14, 2020
Virtual QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training sessions available this fall
Ensuring that Purdue employees have access to the tools, resources and training materials needed in case of a personal mental health concern or issue or in order to help someone else in a mental health crisis is a priority of the University. One type of training available -- QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training -- is offered by Purdue’s Office of the Dean of Students. The next virtual session takes place 2-4 p.m. Friday (Oct. 16) via WebEx.
QPR stands for Questions, Persuade, Refer -- three steps that can help save a life from suicide. According to the QPR Institute, 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. According to the institute, because suicides happen in families -- where emergency interventions are more likely to take place – it is believed that at least one person per family unit should be trained in QPR.
The remaining fall 2020 Purdue QPR Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training sessions will take place:
- Friday (Oct. 16) -- 2-4 p.m.
- Oct. 21 (W) -- 5-7 p.m.
- Nov. 20 (F) -- 9-11 a.m.
- Dec. 9 (W) -- 2-4 p.m.
Each session is limited to a 35-participant maximum. Registration for the sessions is available here. Those who register will receive a link to the WebEx presentations one business day before the training begins.
To learn more about the nationally recognized suicide prevention gatekeeper training program, visit the QPR Institute.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING MENTAL HEALTH
Faculty and staff resources
As one of the five pillars of the Healthy Boiler Program, behavioral health plays a key role in overall employee well-being. Referred to by many names – behavioral health, mental health, emotional well-being and more -- one thing is certain, it’s important, and resources are available to faculty, staff and students at Purdue.
- A recent email -- Mental Health Impacts Overall Health -- provides a quick look at a variety of resources.
- The Mental Health Resources webpage also offers a list of resources offered via Purdue and the community.
Faculty and staff, who work with students or have a student at home, can direct students to these resources for behavioral health assistance:
- Office of the Dean of Students
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
- Therapy Services at CAPS
- Self-help resources
- Group therapy
- CAPS YouTube channel
- NAMI on Campus – A free, virtual support group on campus
- Thriving Campus – Service that provides students a way to search for mental health providers in many areas, locally and across the country.
- WellTrack – Interactive, self-help therapy app.