Suicide Prevention Month at UAB


In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, the UAB Employee Assistance & Counseling Center is hosting virtual events throughout the month of September and spotlighting five ways you can #BeThe1To help someone who may be having thoughts of suicide including life-saving information from Suicide Prevention Lifeline, online resources and more.

Be the 1 to... Ask

Be the 1 to... Ask

Ask the tough question. When somebody you know is in emotional pain, ask them directly: “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”

Be the 1 to... Keep Them Safe

Be the 1 to... Keep Them Safe

Is your friend thinking about suicide? Ask if they’ve thought about how they would do it and separate them from anything they could use to hurt themselves.

Be the 1 to... Be There

Be the 1 to... Be There

If your friend is thinking about suicide, listen to their reasons for feeling hopeless and in pain. Listen with compassion and empathy and without dismissing or judging.

Be the 1 to... Help Them Connect

Be the 1 to... Help Them Connect

Help your friend connect to a support system, whether it’s 800-273- TALK (8255), family, friends, clergy, coaches, co-workers or therapists, so they have a network to reach out to for help.

Be the 1 to... Follow Up

Be the 1 to... Follow Up

Check in with the person you care about on a regular basis. Making contact with a friend in the days and weeks after a crisis can make a difference in keeping them alive.



Crisis Text Line

The EACC along with UAB Student Counseling Services is partnering with the National Crisis Text Line to provide free, confidential support to UAB students, employees and members of their immediate household. Just text “UAB” to 741-741 to connect via text with a live, trained crisis counselor. The service is free and accessible 24/7.

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Suicide Prevention Month Events

Suicide Prevention

In honor of Suicide Prevention Month, Angela M. Sullivan, PhD in Health Education & Health Promotion from UAB School of Public Health, will discuss key concepts about the impact of suicide and suicide prevention, intervention and postvention. Participants will learn to discern myths and facts about suicide and understand components of theories and frameworks of suicide.

QPR for Suicide Prevention

QPR for Suicide Prevention offers hope through positive action. As a trained QPR Gatekeeper, you will learn to recognize the warning signs of people in trouble, and will have the tools to act vigorously to possibly prevent a suicide. This free virtual training program is offered via Zoom.



Resources for Survivors


visit UAB Cares

Explore additional mental health resources at UAB at uab.edu/uabcares. Visit the UAB Cares Toolkit to download Suicide Prevention Month assets.