Rehm raises awareness on suicide

Counseling services provides training on suicide prevention

By Jeremiah Devereaux
On September 20, 2019

Photo by Cora Bishoppetty: Mark Rehm, director of counseling services, presents resources to trainees to help create a better understanding of people who may be struggling with depression. QPR training is a part of the QPR Institute, which became its own independent organization in July of 1999.

Counseling services on Sept. 10 provided suicide prevention training for students and faculty in the Nasworthy Suite of the Houston Harte University Center.

Mark Rehm, director of counseling services, presented QPR Gatekeeper training to the approximately 30 students and faculty members in attendance.

Rehm displayed many tools to help people understand the importance of suicide prevention and offered statistics, scenarios and videos featuring firsthand accounts of people struggling with depression.

During a segment on emotion and reaction, Rehm said it is important to understand a person's thoughts and feelings because it will be easier to help them.

“It’s normal to feel fear or anger, but always be supportive and put yourself in their shoes,” he said.

Rehm also discussed warning signs and clues, which he said may be direct or indirect.

“I’d rather you confront someone directly, and let them be angry, rather than having an obituary,” Rehm said.

He also touched on risk factors and talked about drug and alcohol use.

“We don’t make the best decisions when we are drunk or high, so keeping them out of our life will help us make better decisions,” Rehm said.

Rehm also had a group activity to help better identify and find common problems. He read a case study aloud about a girl whose behavioral patterns and social status had changed throughout the semester. The groups then discussed the case study amongst each other.

Those in attendance earned a certificate upon completion of the program and left the training equipped with the necessary skills to aid in suicide prevention.

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