Last week, we trained all 167 resident advisors (RAs) in suicide prevention through our Campus Connect program.
Campus Connect is the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) best practice program we chose for educating Cougs about suicide and how to respond to someone in crisis.
Campus Connect participants learn about the warning signs for suicide, how to refer someone to appropriate care resources, communication and relationship building skills, and how to ask someone if they’re having thoughts of suicide.
Returning RAs who’ve previously attended Campus Connect took a refresher course to ensure they’re up-to-date on best practices in suicide prevention. These students also shared about their experience with implementing what they learned in the previous year and how we can improve our program in the future.
90 percent of new freshmen live on campus, and RAs play a key role in helping new students transition to college life. While there are many challenges new students encounter, some may struggle with thoughts of suicide.
When all RAs take suicide prevention training, we’re able to help connect students who need help to the appropriate care resources.
We’re extremely proud of all our RAs and the broader WSU community’s commitment to suicide prevention and mental health promotion. Since its implementation last year, over 460 WSU staff and students have taken Campus Connect.