Suicide workshop teaches students to help others

Faculty, staff and students learn about mental health

By Sydney Faison
On November 30, 2018

Counseling Services, Student Disability Services and the Behavioral Intervention Team co-sponsored a workshop on Nov. 14 in the Nasworthy Suite of the Houston Harte University Center.

"One of the reasons I wanted to present this to students, faculty and staff is because you all are the eyes and the ears of seeing people in a different context," said Mark Rehm, director of Counseling Services.

Attendees learned about the question, persuade and refer process when dealing with suicide prevention. The first step is to question if someone plans on killing themselves in a private setting. This is followed by an attempt to persuade the person to seek and accept help. The final step is to refer the person to appropriate resources for help.

Attendees also participated in a verbal workshop, engaged in a case study and discussed what keeps them going.

"Sometimes, it helps to talk to someone," Russ Howard, BIT coordinator, said. "If someone does not want to talk to you personally, please give them the crisis helpline number. I am passionate about every one of our students graduating with health and mind intact."

Rehm discussed the direct and indirect warning signs of suicide. Some examples include social isolation or a decline in academic performance, he said.

Rehm also shared suicide statistics among different demographic groups.

"From a veteran’s perspective, this really hits home," Bryan White, senior, said. "People are suffering from PTSD and undiagnosed illnesses or disorders. Sometimes, the mentality of not wanting to deal with it is what many people may decide."

Students can email counselingservices@angelo.edu or call 352-942-2371 to make an appointment.

The ASU Crisis Helpline is also available at 325-486-6345.

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