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August 5, 2009

Went to a train the trainer workshop on Campus Connect, a suicide prevention program for college campuses with the other personal counselor. Some pretty astounding statistics about suicide and those statistics – about 1500 students kill themselves a year and that number is believed to be well below the number of students who kill themselves every year –  this number doesn’t take into account suicides that take place off campus, are the result of an intentional car “accident”, death by cop, or other less obvious ways to kill oneself.

What we sometimes forget as professional mental health providers is how hard it is for the average person to bring up their concerns about someone they know committing suicide.  Asking if someone is planning on killing themselves is almost as taboo for some as the actual act of suicide. But asking can literally save someone’s life.  Among some of the more memorable parts of the training was the powerpoint with two slides worth of school photos.  The trainer, Cory Wallack PhD, asked us for some guesses about who among the 2 pages committed suicide.  I include the pages here.  Take a look and make your own guess.

If you think you might be interested in being trained to deal compassionately and effectively with someone who may be contemplating suicide, or if you just want to know if you have picked the right photos and correctly identified who might have committed suicide please email me at hibbard_d@sunybroome.edu.  We can offer this training to students, faculty or staff in a variety of time slots from 60 minutes to two hours.

If you are yourself feeling like you no longer want to live please come by SS210 to talk to one of the personal counselors or if no one is available please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-talk and speak with someone who is there to help.

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