UK Offers Suicide Prevention Training This Summer

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 17, 2011) − As part of the campuswide effort to promote awareness of suicide and suicide prevention, the University of Kentucky offers free training for members of the campus community.  the training assists those of us who may notice emotional challenges that our fellow faculty, staff members and students face, but we are unaware of how we can help. 
 
The training is available through the UK-IN-CASE (University of Kentucky Increasing Networks for Awareness of Suicide and Emergencies) project. 
 
QPR, which stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer,” is a one-hour training session designed to help participants to recognize the warning signs of suicide and depression in peers, family members and friends.
 
The training is available by request to all UK employees and students. Since October 2008, over 1,160 people have been trained on UK’s campus, including 1,102 students and 73 faculty and staff.
 
“We really want to spread the word about our free programming to those who remain on campus during the summer,” said Campus Suicide Prevention Coordinator Carrie Schurtz. “This is a great time to take advantage of our services, and you never know who you’re going to help.”
 
For more information on QPR Gatekeeper training, please contact Schurtz at carrie.schurtz@uky.edu.
 
UK-IN-CASE continues working to organize campus programming like QPR training, which prepares UK students, faculty and staff to help peers, family and friends in need.
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Erin Holaday Ziegler, (859) 257-1754, ext. 252; erin.holaday@uky.edu
 
 

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