Wilkes University is committed to providing timely, effective suicide prevention, assessment and intervention and ensures continuous, quality access to professional behavioral health and wellness services. The Suicide Prevention plan is designed to address suicide prevention through the lens of primary and secondary prevention. The program targets gatekeepers, students, faculty and staff to reduce risk for suicide and promote protective factors.
The Counseling Center offers a comprehensive suicide prevention training program for students, faculty, and staff to educate the campus community on how to prevent suicide and other mental health crises.
This education is designed to:
- Enhance knowledge, skills and abilities to identify and refer high-risk students.
- Identify and respond to early warning signs and risk behaviors.
- Promote protective factors.
- Increase students' awareness of personal risk and protective behaviors.
- Increase the utilization of resources for counseling and wellness.
- Reduce stigma of mental and behavioral health conditions.
- Engage students, faculty, staff and other key individuals and constituencies in leadership roles to facilitate suicide prevention.
- Promote wellness on campus.
What Participants Learn
- Information about the prevalence of suicide and other related facts
- Risk and protective factors relevant to college students
- Risk factors and warning signs for suicide
- The link between mental health concerns and suicide
- How to promote and increase Protective Factors
- How to respond to students in distress
- Resources for assistance
What to do in an emergency situation
Student/Staff or Faculty Groups can request to schedule a training session by contacting Health and Wellness Services 570-408-4730.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides these risk factors and warning signs:
There is around-the-clock help for individuals exhibiting suicidal tendencies or thoughts.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and
crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Wilkes University Public Safety
148 South Main Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766
Wilkes-Barre Police Department
Helpline of Northeastern PA
31 West Market Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702
ULifeline provides anonymous screening and information about campus resources on the ULifeline website.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
Call 2-1-1 and speak live with a highly-trained service professional in your area. All calls are completely confidential, and the service is accessible 24/7 in multiple languages.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a national suicide hotline for LGBTQ students.
Additional Organizations & Programs
Access to mental health care and support for help-seeking.
Support through ongoing medical and mental health care relationships (A therapeutic alliance with a caregiver-collaborative connection).
Mental health services including health promotion and wellness, student health and counseling, crisis services, access to local mental health providers and mental health clinics.
Health and Wellness Services also offers adaptive coping skills, training, and Tools to Bolster Resilience Mechanisms:
- Emotional Regulation
- Goal Setting
- Problem Solving