Center for Health & Wellness Offers Workshop Series on Mental Illness, Suicide Prevention

Posted by Nichole Johnson |

Friday, October 12, 2012

News-Center-For-Health-wellness-300Daily struggles with depression and anxiety are realities for many college students. According to the 2011 National College Health Assessment, nearly half of all college students surveyed “felt things were hopeless.” Eleven hundred college students take their own lives every year.

Assessing for suicide risk is daunting and necessary, and it requires a specific skill set. Because many of our own students suffer from depression and anxiety, the Center for Health and Wellness will offer a series of suicide prevention workshops this fall for the Capital University community as a preventive measure to inform students, faculty and staff about this very important issue.

The series is composed of three training sessions in the series beginning with Suicide Gatekeeper Training on Wednesday, October 24; continuing with Mental Health First Aid Training on Thursday, November 15, and Friday, November 16; and concluding with Suicide Prevention for Special Populations — members of the LGBTQ community, set for Wednesday, December 5, and student veterans, set for Thursday, December 6.

Most sessions are tailored toward specific audiences — one session for faculty and staff, and another for students. The goals are to increase awareness that suicide is a preventable mental health problem and that depression is the primary cause of suicide; to change perceptions about mental illness and remove associated stigmas; to empower and educate people how to intervene; to help them identify warning signs of mental illness or substance abuse; expand mental health literacy and knowledge among average people; and more.

There is no cost to attend. Funding for these workshops is provided by a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration. Space is limited for certain sessions. For detailed information, registration deadlines, and to RSVP, visit

Funding for these presentations is made possible (in part) under a grant number 1US79SM060506 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publication and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or policies of CMHS, SAMHSA or HHS; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government. 

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