Marquette's Counseling Center
Awarded Suicide Prevention Grant
Released: Nov. 3, 2006
A suicide prevention program at Marquette University has been awarded a grant of more than $150,000 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), a division of the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students and the most preventable one.
The three-year funding for the “Link for Life” project utilizes a nationally recognized suicide prevention program, Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), which is designed to save lives through increasing awareness about suicide risk factors and warning signs. Already this year, nearly two dozen Marquette faculty, staff, and administration have been trained as QPR trainers to work across campus with other employees and students, such as Residence Life staff, who are in positions in which they are likely to have first contact with students expressing warning signs or thoughts of suicide. The grant will also help to fund suicide prevention community outreach activities.
“This grant will further help the Counseling Center better educate our students and staff about suicide. The more people on the front lines that we can educate about the warning signs of suicide and how to get people the help they need, the better chance we have at preventing a tragedy,” said Michael Zebrowski, director of the Counseling Center at Marquette.
For more information about the grant or the Link for Life program at Marquette, contact Brigid O’Brien Miller at 414-288-7445.
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