With World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10, the staff in CAPS wanted to remind students of ways you can help prevent suicide on our campus and in your community.

Take a QPR (Question Persuade Refer) training. 

QPR training lasts one hour and prepares you to take positive action to help spark hope in someone you may be concerned about.  It is a nationally-recognized suicide prevention program that teaches skills to get someone to “the help they need.” CAPS offers monthly trainings for staff and faculty (sign up through Human Resources) and can present to your student group as well (request a presentation through our webpage).  RAs at Hope are trained in QPR every year.

Complete the Report a Concern about a Student form. 

If you know a friend of yours has been struggling, let Hope College staff know what you’ve observed by completing the Report a Concern for a Student form as completely as you can.  The CARE Team will review your concerns and respond appropriately! The link to the Report a Concern for a Student form can be found on the CAPS webpage, the Student Development webpage, or under the Resources menu on inHope.

Call CAPS (616.395.7945) to contact a crisis counselor after hours. 

If you or a friend needs to talk with a counselor and it is after hours or on the weekend, call the CAPS office number and follow the voice mail instructions to be connected to our crisis service. Regardless of the time of day, you (or they) will be connected to a wide-awake, licensed, mental health clinician who can provide the care you or your friend need. Now is a great time to put our office number in your phone!

Add the national suicide helplines to your phone contacts. 

You never know when a friend, neighbor, or other non-Hope student may need a listening ear, but these numbers can provide that support.

  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline Call 988
  • Trevor Project Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ+ individuals Text “START” to 678678  or call 1-866-488-7386 
  • Crisis Text Line Text “HOME” to 741741                

Together our actions can help save lives throughout the year!

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