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Beginning in Spring 2018, a full Mental Health Matters workshop series will be offered through the Center for Teaching and Learning and will include expanded topics for faculty and staff who want to continue learning more about how to support student mental health and wellbeing at UAB.

Mental Health Matters: Foundations:

This introductory workshop will provide participants with basic information to help better understand and support mental health for our students and our campus. Workshop topics include information about the prevalence of mental health concerns and its impact on college students nationally as well as at UAB, recognizing students in distress, strategies for supporting students with mental health concerns, campus and community resources available for student support, setting boundaries and self-care, and strategies for promoting well-being in students. Lunch will be provided. Participants will receive a 4X4” decal to display indicating to students you support mental health at UAB.

QPR Suicide Gatekeeper Certification:

The QPR Suicide Gatekeeper Certification equips participants with a practical intervention model that can be used to provide life-saving crisis support to students who may be considering suicide. In the state of Alabama, suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for ages 15 – 24 (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017). According to the JED Foundation (2016), suicide is also the second leading cause of death among college students. The Center for Disease Control (2015) reports 8.0% of full-time college students have had suicidal thoughts or have seriously considered suicide. 2.4% have made a plan and.9% has made a suicide attempt. Consuelo Click, LPC, a nationally-certified trainer will facilitate this workshop. Lunch will be provided.