UNC Greensboro aims to meet student mental health needs through a community approach. Faculty and staff work to promote a “Culture of Care” on campus and in the campus community.
Recently, a behavioral health grant has been awarded to UNCG from the UNC System to allow faculty and staff to complete “Question, Persuade, Refer,” or “QPR,” a suicide prevention training designed to increase ability to recognize suicidal thoughts and behaviors, and to refer the person at-risk to a professional resource.
Each year, suicide is the second leading cause of death among 18-24 year olds. While there may be no single cause for suicide, there are risk factors that may increase the likelihood of an attempt such as untreated depression and anxiety.
QPR will equip individuals to identify warning signs, how to intervene, and where to refer someone who is in crisis. The training has been thought of as a mental health equivalent of CPR.
“At UNCG we are all committed to student success and student well-being. We know that many college students struggle with mental health, and this has only been exacerbated by the pandemic,” shared Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Cathy Akens. “To best support our students—and one another ‒ it is important that we are all equipped to identify warning signs of distress, intervene, and refer someone who is in crisis. We look out for one another here ‒ it is part of our Culture of Care.”
The training is available for all faculty, staff, and students at UNCG.