Preventing Suicides and Violence on Campus: Identifying, Understanding and Responding to Students with Mental and Emotional Challenges


March 25, 2019


Dr. Aaron W. Hughey

  1:00 PM ET | 12:00 PM CT | 10:00 AM PT | 60 Minutes

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This program has been approved for 1.0 PDCs toward SHRM certification hours.
The program is pre-approved for 1 credit hour under HRCI


In the U.S. alone, 80 people a day commit suicide. One in twelve American college students makes a suicide plan. And suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 20 to 24 year-olds. As staggering as these facts are, the reality is that these numbers are only going to continue to rise unless college students have access to emotional support on campus. Now is the time to ensure your institution is offering the right services—and reaching the students who need them most.

College can be a stressful, confusing, and sometimes lonely time for students, especially those who are susceptible to anxiety and depression. In this information-packed live webinar, Dr. Hughey will provide evidence-based best practices you can use—immediately—to support your most vulnerable students. She will show you how to recognize suicide warning signs and how to respond appropriately both immediately and over the longer term. You’ll also learn the basic symptomology associated with emotional and mental issues, such as eating disorders, substance abuse, and anti-social behavior.

This webinar with Dr. Aaron W. Hughey, a professor at the Department of Counseling and Student Affairs, Western Kentucky University, will provide evidence-based best practices and related information and insights that can be used immediately by a wide range of administrators, staff, and student affairs professionals interested in responding more effectively to the needs of students with mental health and related issues.

After attending this webinar, you will be equipped to identify the common stressors that lead students to suicidal thoughts. You will understand how to prepare a blueprint for effective intervention with those students who may be suicidal. Register now, and learn the strategies you need to help students overcome feelings of hopelessness and despair and find the motivation to engage and move forward

Session Highlights:

  • The prevalence of emotional and mental issues among college students
  • Why there has been a dramatic increase in suicides among college students over the last three decades
  • Common stressors affecting college students
  • Basic symptomology for the college population:
    • Anxiety and adjustment disorders
    • Depression
    • Eating disorders
    • Substance abuse
    • Antisocial behavior
    • Other conditions
  • Suicidal and violent behavior in students: Recognizing the warning signs and responding appropriately
  • The important role of behavioral intervention teams
  • A Blueprint for effectively assisting students as well as mental health counselors
    • Intervening effectively when students exhibit symptoms of mental and emotional distress
    • Making effective referrals for students who may need additional assistance
    • Consulting with mental health and other professionals
    • Timely and appropriate intervention in situations when a student or other individual is at risk for harm

Who Will Benefit:

  • College faculty
  • K-12 teachers
  • Administrators
  • Student affairs professionals
  • Guidance counselors
  • Special education teachers
  • School attorneys
  • Attorneys representing students and their families
  • Parents of students with disabilities or suspected disabilities
  • School psychologists
  • Campus healthcare providers
  • Campus mental health professionals

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