Upcoming Gatekeeper Training
13 Reasons Why Talking Points
These talking points released by the JED Foundation (a non-profit organization that focuses on mental health and suicide prevention on college and university campuses) might be useful in conversations with students.
13 Reasons Why Talking Points
What is Gatekeeper Training?
The Suicide Prevention Team and the University Counseling and Testing Center (UCTC) are offering faculty and staff suicide prevention training. These trainings will teach participants how to recognize suicide warning signs and how to intervene effectively in order to steer at-risk students toward professional help.
How to Register
You can register for a training by visiting the Making Tracks website through Human Resources. All our training sessions are listed under the title Suicide Prevention Training and Resources.
Scheduling a training for your department or office
If you would like to schedule a suicide prevention training for a minimum of eight or more people in your office or department, please submit a request at this link. These trainings can run from one to two hours depending on your needs.
- One hour trainings teach participants how to recognize suicide warning signs and raise awareness of campus resources.
- Ninety minute to two-hour trainings go more in depth, highlight communication skills that can be helpful with students in distress, and often include a role play that demonstrates an effective intervention.
Suicide Prevention Team
The university has taken a number of steps to reduce the risk of suicide on campus. The Suicide Prevention Team is an interdisciplinary group that meets monthly to explore ways to enhance suicide prevention on campus. This group also participates in providing the aforementioned trainings. If you are interested in joining this group, please send an e-mail to Suzie Stadelman.
Suicide Concern Form
You may be familiar with the Suicide Concern Form. We encourage you use this form when you become aware of a student who seems at risk for suicide. When you initiate a Suicide Concern Form, someone from the campus Suicide Assessment Team will contact you to obtain additional details. Depending on the level of assessed risk, the team may work with you to engage the student in getting help informally or the Dean of Students Office may require that the student attend one to four suicide assessment sessions in which their risk is further evaluated and they are educated in positive coping skills. Research has shown that a program of this kind is one of the few interventions that demonstrably reduce suicide risk on campus.
The Faculty & Staff section of the Counseling Center website includes several additional online resources for helping students in distress or dealing with students who are disruptive or threatening. For an inspirational message on suicide prevention, we encourage you to view the UO video, “100 Reasons to Stay.”
Through the care and commitment of the entire campus, we can help our students weather life challenges and reduce the likelihood of suicide.