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Prevention & Mental Health Education

We believe that the entire University community is responsible for the safety and emotional well-being of our students. Therefore, we are committed to providing mental health and suicide prevention initiatives at UNC Charlotte that strive to enrich the community of care that is an intrinsic piece of the institutional identity.  To be successful as an institution, all members of Niner Nation must be involved and take an active role.

By providing training, education and resources, we are committed to building each individuals' capacity to be an active member of our community of care. With that guiding principle in mind, there are several programs in place to help the community partner with the mental health professionals to identify, respond to, refer, and assist students at risk.

IN A CRISIS

Students, faculty, staff, and family members are encouraged to learn about CAPS crisis services. Help for students is available throughout the day and evening hours from a variety of sources.

SELF-HELP RESOURCES

We recognize that many students may want to do some work on their own before deciding to speak with a counselor at CAPS. Our Self Help page provides resources that can be accessed at any time as students are working to improve their well-being. Complete an online mental health screening, access our video workshop modules, or connect with additional self help materials.

CAPS RESOURCE PAGE

Here you will find a list of more extensive resources that are commonly used to support students. 

Introductory Training Opportunities

Niners Helping Niners - Student Training

Students are often supporting their fellow students and may be the first to learn of their mental health concerns and struggles. Join CAPS for this brief workshop focused on learning warning signs of mental health concerns, strategies to support other students, and ways to refer to campus resources when appropriate. Click here to learn more about this workshop and how to access it.

 

Intro to Supporting Students in Distress- Faculty/Staff Training 

Faculty and staff are often the first individuals to recognize that a student may be experiencing distress.  This training is intended to provide basic information and training on how to recognize warning signs, provides strategies to support students and ways to refer to campus resources when appropriate. 

To learn more about this workshop and how to access it, please log in to the Learning and Organizational Development Portal

 

For questions about these introductory training opportunities, please email suicideprevention@charlotte.edu.

QPR (QUESTION, PERSUADE, AND REFER)

QPR is a 90 minute training intended to foster a community of care by teaching individuals how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues. The training provides guidelines on how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, Persuade them to get help, and Refer them to campus and/or local resources.  The training is both educational and experiential and includes:

  • An overview of statistics regarding suicide
  • Myths versus facts
  • Behavioral, verbal, and situational warning signs
  • Concrete tools for helping someone in distress
  • Role plays in small groups to practice these skills

UPCOMING QPR SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS:

*All sessions will be held virtually unless otherwise noted.

UPCOMING QPR SESSIONS FOR FACULTY & STAFF:

To register for these sessions, please log in to the Learning & Development portal. Please note all sessions will be held virtually unless otherwise noted.

  • Wed., May 22nd from 1:30 - 3 pm, virtual. 
  • Thurs., July 18th from 10:30 am - 12 pm, virtual.
  • Fri., August 9th from 10 - 11:30 am, virtual.
  • Fri., September 20th from 9 - 10:30 am, virtual. 
  • Mon., October 28th from 2 - 3:30 pm, virtual.
  • Fri., November 15th from 10 - 11:30 am, virtual. 
  • Tues., December 17th from 2:30 - 4 pm, virtual.

For questions about QPR Training please contact sarah.besse@charlotte.edu.

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

MHFA is an 8-hour training is a national public education program that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental illnesses and substance use, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common supports. This course demonstrates how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to the appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help care. The program also teaches the common risk factors and warning signs of specific types of illnesses like anxiety, depression, substance use disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. 

The training is both educational and experiential and includes:

  • An overview of statistics regarding mental health and suicide
  • Myths versus facts
  • Behavioral, verbal, and situational warning signs
  • Concrete tools for helping someone in distress

UPCOMING MHFA SESSIONS FOR STUDENTS:

To register for these sessions, please complete the form found here.

*** Participants must complete 2 hours of pre-work and attend the full 6 hours of the instructor led training to earn their certificate.

  • Thurs., May 23rd from 9:30 am - 4 pm, virtual.
  • Tues. September 17th & Thurs., September 19th from 4 - 7 pm, virtual. 
  • Sat, October 26th from 10 am - 4:30 pm, TBD. 
  • Mon., November 18th & Wed., November 20th from 4 - 7 pm, virtual

 

UPCOMING MHFA SESSIONS FOR FACULTY & STAFF:

To register for these sessions, please log in to the Learning & Development portal

*** Participants must complete 2 hours of pre-work and attend the full 6 hours of the instructor led training to earn their certificate. 

  • Tues., May 28th & Wed., May 29th from 9 am - 12 pm, Foundation Building RM 112.
  • Tues., June 11th from 9 am - 4:30 pm, Foundation Building RM 112.
  • Fri., September 6th from 9 am - 4 pm, TBD.
  • Fri., December 6th from 9 am - 4 pm, TBD.

For questions about Mental Health First Aid Training, please contact Alexis Rice at arice45@charlotte.edu.

These training opportunities are just one way to work to reduce mental health stigma and take an active role in building an ethic of wellbeing and foster a community of care at UNC Charlotte.

For questions about suicide prevention efforts, please email suicideprevention@charlotte.edu.

You can help support training opportunities and suicide prevention efforts by donating directly to these programs.