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Know What to Do When Someone’s in Crisis

Take the Free Training

The 1-hour QPR training is free to all SUNY students, faculty, and staff. To sign up:

  1. Enter "SUNY" in the "Organization Code" field.
  2. Create an account using your @ suny.edu email address.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the training.

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Do you know what to do when a friend is in crisis? Often, friends, mentors, coaches, and teachers are the first to hear and see the signs of a mental health crisis. You don’t need to be a professional to know how to react — but you do need to be prepared.

SUNY is offering free QPR mental health crisis intervention training, which teaches you three simple steps for responding when someone mentions suicidal thoughts or shares that they are struggling with suicidal ideation: Question, Persuade, Refer.

This training takes less than an hour, and could ultimately save a life.

 
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“QPR training and certification is an excellent tool for proactively engaging students at some of their most vulnerable times. I now feel empowered to help students in ways that I had not considered before.

- John Graham, SUNY Student Advocate and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

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“QPR training and certification is an excellent tool for proactively engaging students at some of their most vulnerable times. I now feel empowered to help students in ways that I had not considered before.

- John Graham, SUNY Student Advocate and Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

If You Are Currently Experiencing a Crisis, Reach Out

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:

1-800-273-8255
(1-800-273-TALK)

 

New York State COVID-19 Emotional Support Hotline:

1-844-863-9314

 

Veterans Crisis Line:

Call: 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and Press 1
Text: 838255
Chat:  https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat

Support for deaf and hard of hearing:

  • Chat and text message (838255)
  • For TTY users: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 1-800-273-8255. Or chat with us.

Your Mental Health Matters. Find Support at SUNY.

SUNY Crisis Text Line

Students looking to engage with a trained counselor can find support on SUNY's Crisis Text Line. The 24/7 service provides a confidential way to reach out when you are experiencing difficult feelings such as loneliness, stress and depression, or having thoughts of suicide.

Counselors are trained to build rapport and trust. They can help texters explore their issues, determine their goals and come up with solutions.    

To reach out, simply text

Got5U to 741-741.  

Download all Crisis Text Line materials

Peer-to-Peer Assistance Hotline

Middle Earth is a secure student-staffed hotline that connects students in need with peer counselors who are trained to help. Peer counselors can assess a caller’s well-being, and if necessary, link students to appropriate mental health services. Students do not need to be in crisis to use this hotline.  

The hotline is open 1 p.m. through midnight, Monday to Thursday, and Fridays at 1 p.m. until midnight on Sundays during the academic year.  

Learn more:

 

Student TeleCounseling Network

The Student TeleCounseling Network helps students at select SUNY campuses access mental health services. STCN provides telepsychiatry and telecounseling for students struggling with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. Services include remote counseling sessions and are provided by clinicians at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s Department of Psychiatry. Services are provided at no out-of-pocket cost to students.

This year, SUNY Downstate Medical Center will also begin offering the STCN, joining the following campuses and their counseling centers:  

  • Binghamton University
  • Cobleskill
  • Morrisville
  • Nassau CC
  • New Paltz
  • Oneonta
  • Onondaga CC
  • Oswego
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute (Utica)
  • Potsdam

QPR Training – Question, Persuade, Refer

Question, Persuade and Refer, or QPR, is an evidence-based emergency mental health intervention for people at risk of suicide. The goal of QPR is to recognize a suicide crisis, interrupt it and direct the person to appropriate care.

Like CPR, QPR works to increase an at-risk individual's chance of survival. People trained in QPR are taught to recognize the warning signs of suicide, which include depression, expressions of hopelessness, and talk of suicide. They are then taught how to respond.

The course takes only an hour. You just may save a life one day.

Create your account with organization name: SUNY

For more information, visit the QPR Institute.

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Counseling goes digital in the SUNY Student Tele-Counseling Network (STCN)

A focus on innovative, technology-driven solutions to mental health treatment took hold at SUNY when a mental health telecounseling pilot began in the spring of 2018. Providers in the Upstate Medical University psychiatry clinic, led by Dr. Christopher Lucas, were to provide counseling sessions via online video conference tools. Learn more about how the Student Tele-Counseling Network (STCN) started and how it has grown since.

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Managing Stress, Anxiety, and Emotions During A Pandemic

The Institute for Disaster Mental Health (IDMH) is working to ensure the mental well-being of the campus and community, and beyond. That means helping people as they manage stress, juggle new responsibilities and confront the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more about the IDMH and the work it does