Suicide Prevention & Crisis Training

TU offers three ways to learn tools for crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

As a student, staff or faculty, you may be the first one to notice signs of distress in a student. At TU, it is our shared responsibility to look out for one another and know how to help. Below, you will find three free options for valuable trainings in various formats and time commitments to meet your needs.

QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer

  • Time: 60-90 minutes
  • Training Provided By: QPR-certified TU Counseling Center clinician
  • Best for: Small groups (between 5-30) seeking training to recognize the warning signs of suicide and to assist a potentially suicidal person to get help.
  • Includes: Education about suicide statistics, QPR techniques, and interactive roleplays with the intent to help you learn to question someone about concerning behavior, persuade them that there is hope and help, and refer them to local mental health resources (like TU’s Counseling Center).
  • To Sign Up: Please fill out the QPR Training Request Form and a TU Counseling Center clinician will reach out to you to discuss your request.

Mental Health First Aid

  • Time: 8 hours
  • Training Provided By: Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Best for: Individuals wanting to learn about the signs and symptoms of mental health problems including anxiety, depression, PTSD and substance abuse. You’ll also learn how to approach a conversation with someone experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • Includes: 2-hours of self-paced prework, online modules/workbook, active role playing, lecture and open dialogue.
  • To Sign Up: Click on the MHFA icon on the Campus Recreation page or in the Campus Rec App, click “Program Registration.”

Kognito: Online, interactive training for crisis communication

  • Time: 30-45 minutes
  • Training Provided By: Online self-paced modules
  • Best for: Individuals wanting to be better able to identify and assist a student in distress and who prefer to get that training online and on their own schedule. Through a computer animation that presents various scenarios and adapts the scenarios to your answers, you will learn how to talk with a student you are concerned about and practice simulated conversations where you can share your concerns and learn the best ways to motivate someone to seek support.
  • Includes: Staff/Faculty or student modules, animated scenarios and role plays to teach you warning signs of distress. Also provides in-the-moment coaching on improving your communication techniques.
  • To Sign Up: Visit our Kognito page to choose either the Student or Faculty/Staff version to sign up