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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: http://vimeo.com/35019693
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 email@example.com
Other Helpful Resources:
||Referral Guide for VMI Faculty & Staff
Center for Cadet Counseling, 2013
||Recognizing & Responding to Students in Distress
A Faculty Handbook