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Suicide Prevention

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At-Risk For Students: Helping a Friend in Distress


Have you ever had a friend that was struggling? Have you ever wanted to talk to a friend dealing with a problem, but weren’t sure how?
Most college students say they would turn to their friends for support during times of stress, overwhelming anxiety or depression. For many college students, this is not an easy topic to discuss. 
The Texas State Counseling Center has made this 30-minute, interactive, online course available to students to provide training on how to approach and discuss concerns with a peer who is in distress, and if necessary, refer them to campus support services. 
In the course, you will engage in simulated conversations with student avatars who are fully animated and emotionally responsive, making this interactive environment a highly realistic role-play game experience. The course can be completed over multiple sittings, as it saves your progress along the way.

Please click the link below to open an account and take the training.

Click here to login to take a “product tour” or open an account and begin the training.  



Helpful Resources

24 Hour Crisis Hotline
Serving Texas State University and Hays
County (Please indicate if you are a Texas
State student when calling.)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255)
For Veteran's Crisis Line - Press 1

Red Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio
Cuando usted llama al número 1-888-628-9454, su llamada se dirige al centro de ayuda de nuestra red disponible más cercano.

The Trevor Helpline
1-866-4-U-TREVOR (88736)

(Crisis and Suicide Prevention Helpline for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Youth)


Texas Suicide Prevention

MHA of Texas

The American Foundation
for Preventing Suicide


National Action Alliance
for Suicide Prevention


JED Foundation


Helpful Videos

The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (Action Alliance) will ensure a sustained, nationwide public health effort, as it implements the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention, to accomplish the ultimate goal of eliminating the tragic experience of suicide.


The Half of Us campaign was launched in 2006 by The Jed Foundation and mtvU, MTV’s 24 hour college television network, to improve emotional health and prevent suicide among college students. Emotional Health 101 gives an overview of the struggles students commonly face and encourages viewers to seek on-campus support if they need it.

Mental Health America of Texas announces the availability of five short videos featuring youth and young adults from central Texas sharing their stories of hope and help. These videos feature the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number and follow their guidelines for suicide prevention.

These true stories are from high school or college age youth who have either reached out for help themselves when they were severely depressed and having suicidal thoughts, or from teens who have reached out to help a friend who was thinking of suicide.

QPR - Question, Persuade, Refer

Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students, thankfully it is also the most preventable cause of death. Almost all suicidal people want others to reach out and help them, yet they will rarely ask for help directly. Instead, they send out clues and signals about their distress to the people they know or to the people who are close to them. QPR will teach you how to recognize those signals and clues, ask the right questions, persuade someone thinking about suicide to get help, and make a referral to a mental health professional. QPR training can be useful to you at work and in your personal life.

QPR training is provided by Counseling Center Staff and is available to university departments and all student organizations and groups. Call the Counseling Center, 245-2208, for details and scheduling.

For more information on QPR outside of Texas State University visit: