Shippensburg University continues to enhance its commitment to student wellness with a new grant from the Pennsylvania Higher Education Suicide Prevention Coalition to fund QPR suicide prevention training for students. The College of Education and Human Services (CEHS), in collaboration with the Living Learning Communities secured the grant from coalition, which works to develop and implement strategies to reduce suicides on college campuses and improve the overall wellness of students.

The virtual training will introduce students to the “Question, Persuade and Refer” prevention model, help them understand common causes of suicidal behavior and warning signs and how to get help for someone in crisis. Upon completion they will receive a free QPR booklet and a certificate.

“Suicide affects all ages; however, it is one of the leading causes of death among college-age students. We can all save lives and this training is designed to empower trainees to ask questions and to make a difference,” said Alexandria Karlheim, interim director, First Year Experience & Community Engagement.

QPR is the second mental health training opportunity to launch this semester at Ship. Last month the university introduced Kognito – an online training simulator to help students, faculty and staff talk about student mental health.

Karlheim, will present the QPR training along with Dr. Andrea Malmont, associate professor of teacher education, Candace Claar, CHES director of partnerships, professional experiences and outreach and Jennifer Milburn, assistant director of Residence Life.

Students can register for a QPR training here and once they are registered will receive guidance on how to access the virtual training and pick up their QPR Booklet.

For more information, or to inquire about a tailored training for a club or organization, e-mail