Buffalo State Cares: A day long, free symposium to share the campus’ approach to being an UPstander

What:       Suicide Prevention Symposium---Promoting a Civil and Caring Community: Be an UPstander!  

When:     Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Where:    SUNY - Buffalo State; 1300 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14222 

Why:        As a part of Mental Health Awareness Week and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration

                 Services (SAMHSA grant # 1U79SM060516-01) you are invited to participate in our one day symposium.  See

                 our campus approach to overcoming bystander apathy, becoming involved in suicide prevention on campus,

                 and hearing the stories, and continuing the conversation about mental health issues in our community.

                 Also, we are offering a free Question-Persuade-Refer (QPR) gatekeeper training for suicide prevention.  

                 See Schedule below.

Wednesday April 9, 2014


Buffalo State Cares: A day long, free symposium to share the campus’ approach to being an UPstander

Free On-Site Registration for Symposium

Campbell Student Union Social Hall



Opening Remarks: Overview of the SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant and Symposium

“Dear Me”

Original production play by Buffalo State Theater Department: Meet Reggie, who is wrestling with the disturbing reality that his childhood pal, Charlie, has just committed suicide. 

Campbell Student Union Social Hall


Panel presentation: Panelists will share personal stories including the effect of the QPR Gatekeeper training for suicide prevention and the impact of suicide.

Campbell Student Union Social Hall


Lunch on your own: Many Options Available at the Student Union







Visit the traveling exhibits from the Museum of disABILITY and stop by the tables with Public Service Announcements for information about resources.

Keynote Speaker

Jordan Burnham, from Active Minds national organization shares his battle with depression and his suicide attempt.

Campbell Student Union Social Hall


Buffalo State Cares- UPstander Awards

UPstander Awards will be presented to faculty, staff and students. The first community recipient is Mr. Darnell Barton the NFTA bus driver who compassionately reached out to help a troubled young stranger and kept her out of harm’s way.

Campbell Student Union Social Hall



QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention

Question, Persuade and Refer (QPR) Ask a Question, Save a Life. 

Butler 210

Who should attend:   Recommended for mental health professionals, law enforcement, hospitals, health care, interested community members, students, faculty and staff.   Free and open to the public.  Click on the following link for a complete Mental Health Awareness Schedule of Events


Hours of Operation (when classes are in session)

Mon.     8:30-5:00

Tues.    8:30-5:00

Wed.    8:30-5:00

Thur.    8:30- 6:00

Fri.       8:30-5:00

We are located in the 2nd floor of the Weigel Health Center

If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis or psychological emergency please contact the

Counseling Center at 716-878-4436. 

After business hours, please call the Crisis Services (24 Hour Hotline and Help): 716 834-3131. Or contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (24 Hour Hotline)