Suicide Prevention on Post

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students. The majority of college suicides occur among students who have not accessed counseling services. As part of a larger suicide prevention effort, VMI is committed to providing the Institute community with education on how to recognize, understand, and respond to cadets in crisis. It is believed that early identification and intervention is crucial when acting to mitigate risk and prevent a tragedy from happening here at VMI. Educating and empowering faculty and staff about how to recognize and effectively respond to cadets in distress is a vital component of our suicide prevention plan.

The VMI Suicide Prevention Plan is based upon the premise that, while we will never be able to eliminate suicide, we can provide specialized services to identify cadets at risk for suicide and to provide crisis and /or on-going mental health services upon referral.

For those who would like to participate in Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training, there are two training options available:

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR): An hour program on how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. QPR is a simple educational program that teaches ordinary citizens how to recognize a mental health emergency and how to get a person at risk the help they need. It is also an action plan that can result in lives saved. Login and password information is available upon request. Please contact the Center for Cadet Counseling to access this information, 464-7667 or

At-Risk Training: A 45-minute training on how to recognize when a cadet is exhibiting signs of psychological distress and how to connect the cadet with support services on Post.

To view a short trailer about this course, click here:

To take the course, follow the instructions below:

At-Risk Training for Faculty & Staff

At-Risk Training for Cadets

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email

Other Helpful Resources:

Referral Referral Guide for VMI Faculty & Staff
Center for Cadet Counseling, 2013
recognizing and responding Recognizing & Responding to Students in Distress
A Faculty Handbook