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Suicide Prevention

Exemplary Training Resources:

The JED Foundation

The JED Foundation was founded in the year 2000 after Donna and Phil Satow lost their son Jed, a college sophomore, to suicide. Its mission is to “promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.” The organization works in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, set up in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Over the last fifteen years, The Jed Foundation has emerged as the leader in protecting the emotional health of America's 21 million college students. The Jed Foundation works with university leaders and professionals to prioritize campus-wide prevention and intervention strategies, and advise on best-practice mental health policies, programs and services.

The JED Foundation was founded in the year 2000 after Donna and Phil Satow lost their son Jed, a college sophomore, to suicide.  Its mission is to “promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students.”  The organization works in collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, set up in 2002 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Over the last fifteen years, The Jed Foundation has emerged as the leader in protecting the emotional health of America's 21 million college students. The Jed Foundation works with university leaders and professionals to prioritize campus-wide prevention and intervention strategies, and advise on best-practice mental health policies, programs and services.

The Objectives of The Jed Foundation are to:

·        Promote awareness and understanding that emotional well-being is achievable, mental illness is treatable and suicide is preventable

·        Increase knowledge of the warning signs of suicide & emotional distress

·        Foster help-seeking so that those who need supportive services reach out to secure them, or are referred to services by a peer

·        Build and strengthen resilience, coping skills and connectedness among young adults, their peers, families and communities

·        Facilitate adoption of a comprehensive, community-based approach to promote emotional health and protect at-risk students on campus

·        Raise the importance of mental health services, policies and programs in the college selection process of students and parents

Recently the Jed Foundation joined forces with the Clinton Foundation and formed the Jed and Clinton Health Matters Campus Program (http://www.thecampusprogram.org).  This Program was created to help colleges and universities create healthier and safer campus environments to help prevent the two leading causes of death in young adults, unintentional injuries, including those caused by prescription drug overdoses or alcohol poisoning, and suicide.

 

Kognito

KOGNITO is an on-line training program with special components for faculty to better understand at-risk students, LGBTQ students, and Veteran students.  It is a key strategy for prevention/early intervention and is a part of the national strategy for suicide prevention

Training outcomes include:

o   Reduction of the anxiety faculty, staff, or students may experience about responding to atrisk students

o   Reduction of stigma associated with mental illness

o   Reduction of the number of undetected students in schools and moves them into treatment as early as possible

o   It enhances safety for individual student, classroom, school and community

Online suicide prevention training from Kognito Interactive is available to all California Community Colleges through the California Community College Student Mental Health Program until 2017.  The training program is an online interactive gatekeeper training that uses virtual students and role-playing simulations to prepare learners to recognize when a student is exhibiting signs of psychological distress, and manage a conversation with the student with the goal of connecting them with the appropriate support service.


QPR Institute

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Educators are now saying "Yes" to saving the life of a student, friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in the by a certified QPR Gatekeeper trainer in as little as one hour.

The Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (2001) informs us that a gatekeeper is someone in a position to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating suicide. Among the many types of gatekeepers are parents, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, doctors, nurses, office supervisors, squad leaders, foremen, police officers, advisors, caseworkers, firefighters, and many others who are strategically positioned to recognize and refer someone at risk of suicide.

QPR-training ensures that Gatekeepers learn to:

                    ♥ recognize the warning signs of suicide
                    ♥ know how to offer hope
                    ♥ know how to get help and save a life

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is a public education program that has the potential to reduce stigma, improve mental health literacy, and empower individuals.  Since its initial development at the University of Melbourne in 2001, the program has undergone many evaluative studies to determine its effectiveness in Australia. The research confirmed the program’s success. This led the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare to bring the program to the United States in 2008.

Through this training educators can gain the following:

·        Better recognition of mental health challenges

·        Better understanding of treatments

·        Confidence in providing help to others

·        Improved mental health for themselves

·        Lessened stigmatizing attitudes and decreased avoidance of people with mental health challenges

- Last Updated: 1/8/16