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NC State University Suicide Prevention Program

NC State University is one of 39 colleges & universities awarded 2012 Garrett Lee Smith funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  Dr. W. J. Casstevens & Dr. J. K. Hall are co-investigators on this three-year grant. 

The mission of the program is to create a university culture and climate that encourages outreach and help-seeking, and a long-term reduction in completed suicides and suicide attempts.

If you know someone that needs help, please visit the GET HELP page for local resources.  



Our very own Counseling Center Director, Monica Osburn, was one of the twelve member team that developed the Postvention Guide for Suicide Response at Colleges and Universities.  

Download the guide at  


NOVEMBER 18, 2014

Higher Education Mental Health Alliance Releases Guide to Assist Colleges with Response to Suicide on Campus

New Suicide Postvention Resource Available for Colleges and Universities to Help Plan for and Respond to Tragedies on Campus

NEW YORK, NY, November 18, 2014—The Higher Education Mental Health Alliance (HEMHA), a partnership of organizations dedicated to providing leadership to advance college mental health, today announced the release of Postvention: A Guide for Response to Suicide on College Campuses (Postvention Guide), an answer to the imperative need for strategies to help colleges and universities effectively and sensitively respond to campus deaths, should they occur.

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students [i]. Tragically, after hearing about a suicide death, those who are already at risk for suicidal behavior may be at increased risk for self-harm. There are multiple factors which might increase or help to reduce risk, [ii] making a school’s reaction vitally important. The Postvention Guide offers suggestions for best practices to facilitate the grieving and adjustment process, stabilize the environment, reduce the risk of negative behaviors, and limit the risk of further suicides through contagion. The guide defines specific areas of consideration and planning, such as strategic planning, communications with students, faculty, family and media, as well as clinical interventions.   Read the full press release from the JED Foundation online.



4th Annual Candlelight Vigil on World Suicide Prevention Day
Thank you to everyone who participated this year!


Available Training on Campus

A Multicultural Perspective on Suicide Prevention

Sign up for our two-hour workshop offered through the Office for Institutional Equity and Diversity (OIED) and the Equal Opportunity Institute.  The training is an adaptation of the Suicide Prevention Multicultural Competence Kit developed by Pace University, a best practice in the area of diversity issues inherent in suicide prevention and mental health.  This class is open to everyone.

The next workshop will be during the spring of 2015.  Check the OIED workshop calendar and register here using the online registration form.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) Training

Ask a Question, Save a Life!  Sign up for this 90-minute, suicide prevention gatekeeper training. QPR training is offered free of charge to students, staff, and faculty on campus every semester.  

The next QPR class for students is Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 4:00 to 5:30 pm in the SHS Building on campus. Please sign up via the online registration calendar.  

If you would like to set up a QPR session for a class or group, please visit for more information.  

Staff and Faculty: Please visit the Violence Prevention and Threat Management website for training and registration information.