COUNSELING CENTER

BUFFALO STATE CARES: A SUICIDE PREVENTION INITIATIVE

A variety of outreach activities to students and faculty are proposed to occur over a three-year period, including but not limited to:

  •  Suicide prevention and intervention awareness training for students, faculty, and staff, using the evidence-based Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) model (see QPR schedule)
  • An online, interactive training for all incoming students on depression warning signs and the QPR method
  • A webinar for faculty and staff working with incoming students to prepare them for students’ engagement in the training and to support them in assisting students in crisis
  • A computer-based training for parents and other family members about depression and suicide among college students
  • A PSA campaign to increase awareness of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
  • A mobile application to provide fast access to how to help someone in crisis, including on- and off-campus resources
  • New informational brochures on depression, substance abuse, and mental health targeting the general population as well as high-risk student groups
  • Direct engagement and tailored training for high-risk student groups on suicide prevention and intervention in their communities
  • Outreach to neighborhoods surrounding the campus where students and their families live and work about depression and suicide prevention
  • Increased collaboration among community and SUNY stakeholders to better support crisis management procedures for students with mental and behavioral health problems
  • A symposium at the end of the funding period to reflect upon program successes, to share information with campus/community partners and SUNY affiliates, and to plan for sustainability

For more information about these activities, contact The Buffalo State Counseling Center Weigel 219, 716-878-4436.