Suicide is a significant public health problem in our country and our community. At Fort Lewis College, we do not shy away from the topic of suicide but instead, have an array of suicide prevention programs available to our community.
We believe every community member can reach out, whether to a student, staff, faculty, loved one, or others outside of our campus community.
We are proud to offer the following tools to help suicide intervention and prevention.
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Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR), is a training program for suicide prevention similar to a CPR course teaching non-medical professionals to assist with cardiac emergencies.
QPR is a 1.5 hour evidence-based training that teaches how to recognize possible signs of suicide, talk with someone contemplating suicide, and connect suicidial individuals with appropriate resources. Several QPR instructors are available to facilitate training on campus and in the community.
Request QPR Training
We are looking for faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and expertise across campus willing to complete the QPR Self-Study Course to become certified QPR instructors.
You do not need experience in mental health to become a QPR instructor. You can complete this 12-hour course on your own time.
Contact the Student Wellness Initiatives Coordinator with questions.
Apply to be a QPR Instructor
Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, CPR, the Heimlich, or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU! Someone you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. In fact, you are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack.
Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to someone showing signs of a mental illness or crisis and connect them with the appropriate professional or self-help care. FLC offers this 8-hour course 1-2 times per academic year. To find out more, contact the Student Wellness Initiatives Coordinator.
We have a variety of other programs and educational campaigns related to suicide prevention throughout the year, mainly in collaboration with the student organization WellPAC.
Check the FLC calendar regularly for upcoming events, and follow WellPAC on Facebook and Instagram (@flcwellpac) to find out what's next!