TTU first to complete suicide prevention project

TSPN photoTennessee Tech University was the first of 50 colleges and universities to complete the Tennessee Higher Education Suicide Prevention Network project.

THESPN is a unit of the Tennessee Lives Count III project. The goal of THESPN is to recruit 50 colleges or universities in Tennessee and to certify a tenured faculty or long-term staff member from each in the Question, Persuade and Refer protocol. In turn, that instructor trains 250 students and staff on their campus.

The THESPN program provides the materials needed for the self-study certification and campus training at no cost to the school. Christina Mick, assistant director of Clinical Services at TTU, was the first to complete the project and the goal of training 250 students and staff in QPR. From August to September, Mick trained 287 faculty, staff and students at TTU.

“I feel very proud to have completed the Tennessee Higher Education Suicide Prevention Network project,” Mick said. “I am excited for the opportunity to empower and equip others with lifesaving skills.”

The TTU Counseling Center offers a variety of services to students, including personal counseling, academic skills enhancement, career exploration, crisis services, couples and marital counseling, group counseling, substance abuse, workshops, standardized testing and outreach and consultation. Any registered student attending TTU is eligible to use the center’s services. All counseling, workshops and consultation services are free.

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death for students of college age,” Mick said. “This is a statistic that TTU is working to address through the TTU Counseling Center.”

To learn more about suicide prevention, call 1-800-273-TALK or visit www.tspn.org or www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

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