NeedEmergencyAssistance

If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you or someone you know needs further assistance, please utilize the below bystander guide as well as community resources. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

National Crisis Textline: Text "hello" to 741-741


National Suicide Prevention Month

Please join Student Counseling and Wellness Services as we recognize National Suicide Prevention Month in September. Please see below for a detailed list of upcoming workshops, displays, and events. Talking about mental health can save lives. Be part of the conversation.

Helping Family and Friends with Mental Illness: Presented by NAMI

Tuesday, September 10 from 11:30 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.
Patriots' Casa, Ceremony Room
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides a 90 minute seminar that informs individuals about how to support a loved one with a mental health condition. Participants will learn about: 1) understanding diagnosis, treatment, and recovery 2) effective communication strategies, 3) the importance of self-care, 4) crisis preparation strategies, 5) community resources.
Students, Faculty, and Staff: R.S.V.P. here.

Helping Family Members with Mental Health

Lunch & Learn: Start A Conversation

Thursday, September 12 from Noon to 1 P.M.
Auditorium Lobby
Please join Student Counseling & Wellness Services and our Human Resources Wellness Champion, Francy Leal, as we bring you a discussion on suicide prevention and mental health. Learn the warning signs of suicide, myths and facts about mental health, supportive language you can use to help someone in need, as well as how to access emergency and crisis resources.  Please R.S.V.P. for lunch (while supplies last) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 9.
Students, Faculty, and Staff: Click here

Suicide Prevention Training: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Thursday, September 19 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
Patriots' Casa, Ceremony Room
Students, Faculty, and Staff: R.S.V.P. here.
Please join Student Counseling & Wellness Services (SC&WS) for a suicide prevention and intervention workshop for students, faculty and staff. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.  Individuals trained in QPR will learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer this person to the appropriate help. Each year thousands of people, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, classmate, student, sibling, or neighbor. For more suicide prevention information, please click here.
Please click here for a full schedule of events.

Be an Active Bystander

Please take the time to review a short 5 minute video that highlights the warning signs of suicide, how to directly ask someone if they are thinking about suicide, and how to get a loved one to the appropriate help. This initiative is a result of a new Texas State law which requires that suicide prevention and mental health information be shared with all entering college students.


There's an APP for that! Please checkout the below smart phone apps that may aid you in finding emergency resources as well as practicing healthy coping skills.

There's a Smart Phone App that can help!

Mental Health American of Texas Texas Veterans App Mental Health U
MY3 The Jason Foundation Suicide Safe (SAMHSA)
Virtual Hope Box

Suicide Prevention Training: Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) 

A&M-SA Office of Student Counseling & Wellness Services (SC&WS) provides a robust 3 hour workshop focused on suicide prevention and intervention for students, faculty and staff. The workshop is called QPR - Question, Persuade, and Refer - 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Individuals trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying "Yes" to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor. QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as two hours. Click here to learn more about the QPR Institute.

Based on the topic and the desire to have more trained Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers, SC&WS does invite community entities to contact our office for more information (210) 784-1331 and/or R.S.V.P. for one of our workshops. SC&WS does prioritize students, faculty and staff; therefore, community entities may not receive all of the training materials.

What's the purpose of QPR? 

Learn warning signs - indirect and direct verbal and behavioral clues. Learn common causes of suicidal thinking and feeling. Explore research studies and statistics. Discuss common myths and misperceptionss. Learn 3 simple things you can do to avert a suicide attempt and maybe save a life. Discuss and process your emotional reactions to this subject…

How long does the training take? 

SC&WS maximizes 3 (three) hours to present, discuss and role play situational scenarios until participants feel comfortable with the material.