The fall semester at the University of Louisville be the first for a campus-wide suicide prevention program.
Classes resume next week at U of L, where 25 faculty and staff members have been trained in a suicide prevention technique known as QPR.
Trish Cooper, Director of Nursing Services at U of L’s campus health centers, says “it’s basically for the lay person, the Q stands for question, the P for persuade and the R for refer. And its just for when you encounter a person who may be suicidally depressed. What does a lay peson do with that individual to dissuade them from committing suicide?”
Cooper says an additional 25 people will undergo the training this semester.
She says there are no statistics at U of L or in Kentucky to determine how many students are prone to suicide or suicidal thoughts. Nationally, suicide is the third leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 24.