Suicide is a significant public health problem within this country and in 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 that each and every community member has the opportunity to reach out to others, whether it be students, staff, faculty, loved ones or even others outside of our campus community and we are proud to offer the following tools to help with suicide intervention and prevention.
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The training program, Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) is intended to be similar to a standard CPR course, which teaches non-medical professionals to assist with cardiac emergencies. QPR is a brief (1.5 hours) gatekeeper training that teaches individuals how to support people who are experiencing suicidal thoughts while also seeking professional services. QPR is an evidence-based training that teaches participants how to recognize possible signs of suicidal ideation (serious thoughts about taking one's own life), suicide plans and suicide attempts, how to talk with someone who is contemplating suicide, and how to connect with resources for the individual. We have several QPR instructors available to facilitate trainings on campus and in the community. Please fill out the form below if you would like to request a QPR training.
Request QPR Training
We are looking for Fort Lewis College faculty and staff members who are willing to complete the QPR Self-Study Course to become a certified QPR instructor. This is a 12 hour course that you can complete on your own time. There is no need for background in mental health to become a QPR instructor. In fact, we are looking for instructors from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise across campus.
Contact the Student Wellness Initiatives Coordinator with any questions you may have.
Apply to be a QPR Instructor
Sometimes, first aid isn’t a bandage, or CPR, or the Heimlich, or calling 911. Sometimes, first aid is YOU! Someone you know could be experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. You can help them. You are more likely to encounter someone in an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. It could be a friend, family member, student, neighbor, or member of the community. Mental Health First Aid teaches a 5-step action plan to offer initial help to someone in crisis or showing signs of a mental illness, and connect them with the appropriate professional or self-help care. Anyone can take the Mental Health First Aid course: teachers, mentors, coaches, faith community leaders-- any caring citizen. This 8 hour course is offered at Fort Lewis College 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 that take place 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!