Suicide Prevention: How to Recognize the Warning Signs (EDU818A)

Presented By: Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
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Event Description

Don’t let one of your students become a statistic

In the U.S. alone, 80 people a day commit suicide. One in twelve American college students makes a suicide plan. And suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 20 to 24 year-olds. As staggering as these facts are, the reality is that these numbers are only going to continue to rise unless college students have access to emotional support on campus. Now is the time to ensure your institution is offering the right services—and reaching the students who need them most.

College can be a stressful, confusing, and sometimes lonely time for students, especially those who are susceptible to anxiety and depression. In this information-packed live webinar, Dr. Hughey will provide evidence-based best practices you can use—immediately—to support your most vulnerable students. She will show you how to recognize suicide warning signs and how to respond appropriately both immediately and over the longer term. You’ll also learn the basic symptomology associated with emotional and mental issues, such as eating disorders, substance abuse, and anti-social behavior. 

After attending this webinar, you will be equipped to identify the common stressors that lead students to suicidal thoughts. You will understand how to prepare a blueprint for effective intervention with those students who may be suicidal. Register now, and learn the strategies you need to help students overcome feelings of hopelessness and despair and find the motivation to engage and move forward. 

Session Highlights

This program will teach you:

  • How prevalent emotional and mental issues are among today’s college student population
  • The reasons for the dramatic increase in suicide among college students over the last three decades
  • The difference between normal day-to-day stresses all college students experience and the more severe clinical depression that may lead to suicide
  • The different emotional states and how they are related to suicidal thoughts and the decision to actually take one’s own life
  • Some of the common stressors affecting college students that can lead a student to contemplate committing suicide
  • The basic symptomology associated with anxiety and adjustment disorders, depression, eating disorders, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, and other conditions common among the college populations that can be precursors to suicide
  • How to recognize the warning signs that a student may be seriously contemplating suicide and how to respond appropriately both immediately and over the longer term
  • The role of “behavioral intervention teams” in dealing with students who may be suicidal
  • A blueprint for effectively intervening with students who are considering and/or have attempted suicide
  • How to respond to the needs of those who are affected when a student contemplates or attempts suicide (friends, roommates, fraternity and sorority members, parents, etc.)

Who Should Attend

  • Anyone who works on a college campus
  • Anyone responsible for recognizing and responding to students who may be contemplating suicide
  • Faculty
  • Administrators
  • Student affairs professionals
  • Staff
  • Both 2-year and 4-year institutions
  • Anyone charged with meeting the needs of students who are experiencing mental health challenges

At the Q&A session following the live event, ask a question and get a direct response from our extremely knowledgeable speaker.

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Dr. Aaron W. Hughey
Dr. Aaron W. Hughey is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs at Western Kentucky University, where he oversees the graduate degree program in Student Affairs in Higher Education. He is also a member of the President's Task Force on Student Retention at WKU. Before joining the faculty in 1991, ... More info