AUBURN, Ala.- September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month, and to follow that, Auburn University held suicide prevention training day.
Nearly 600 students and faculty learned the technique “QPR,” which stands for question, persuade and refer. Instructors call QPR the mental health equivalent of CPR.
Those who participated in the session learned how to question a person about suicide, how to persuade them to receive help and referring them to the proper help and the warning signs of suicide. The university said suicide is the third leading cause of death in young adults (15-25).
Eric Smith was one of the trainers. He said that the more folks who are trained, the more who can save a life.
“At the end of the day, we’re talking about saving a life,” Smith said. “Every campus in America experiences suicide so if we can train enough people so they can maybe prevent someone from passing or committing suicide, I think we’re going to be doing a really great thing.”
Rachael Wilks was one of the many who participated in the program. She said, “it’s really important to have other people who are trained and who are looking for the warning signs, who are vigilant, looking out for people who aren’t OK and maybe recognizing those warning signs like giving away their prized possessions or being a bit more withdrawn than normal.”
For more information, or to learn about how to receive training, visit https://cws.auburn.edu/studentaffairs/healthandwellness/
You can also visit http://wp.auburn.edu/scs/