MCC Daily Tribune

Suicide Prevention Month: How to Take Action & QPR Training

We can all help prevent suicide and be a part of changing the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention. According to the Suicide Prevention Hotline, research shows that asking an individual about suicide may actually reduce their suicidal ideation. It is important to provide the individual with support and listen without judgement. Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less overwhelmed and less suicidal after speaking to someone. One can help by connecting the individual to a network of resources to keep them safe.

Mental Health America suggests that if you think someone is considering suicide:

• Do not be judgmental.
• Ask direct questions to determine if the person has a plan.
• Trust your instinct that they may be in trouble and need professional help.
• Talk to the person about your concerns.
• Do not leave the person alone.
• Talk openly.
• Show interest and support.
• Do not be sworn to secrecy.

As previously mentioned in the MCC Tribune, anyone can participate in the Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training. The QPR Training does not require clinical training, only a willingness to learn, care and provide support. The training will inform someone about how to support an individual who may be in emotional distress or having suicidal thoughts. The training is designed to educate and inform people how to engage, listen, help and refer someone to the appropriate resources. Anyone can complete the brief training and you can register for the training by going the QPR website and entering "SUNY" as the organizational code. We encourage you all to take advantage of this opportunity!

Please note if you or someone you know is showing signs of attempting suicide, refer to the individual to Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 1-800-273-8255

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Phone Number: (202) 966-7300
Email Address:

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Phone Number: 888-333-AFSP (2377)

Be well, stay safe, and please reach out if you are in need of additional support.


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Phone: (585) 292-2140
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Lee, Stephanie
Counseling Center & Disability Services