K-12 teachers and staff are faced with so many mental health concerns and trauma experienced among their students on a daily basis. The pandemic has only exacerbated the prevalence of challenges faced by students, the presence of mental health in the classroom for teachers, and the prevalence of suicidal behaviors seen by school mental health providers and administrators.
The Department of Counseling and Educational Development (CED) Assistant Professor, Dr. Rebecca Mathews, and NCA-STAR Director, Anita Faulkner, led a powerful suicide prevention training for K-12 educators in Randolph County. The mission of QPR Training (Question. Persuade. Refer.) is to reduce suicidal behaviors and save lives. This happens by providing quality education to empower people to make a positive difference in the life of someone they know who might be struggling. Here in CED and NCA-STAR, we are committed to educating others on how to respond to someone in crisis. Thanks to the expertise of Rebecca Mathews and Anita Faulkner shared with schools in Randolph County!