Our Aggies Reaching Aggies program is a brand-new Suicide Prevention Peer Educator Volunteer Program initiative coming to Texas A&M University campus community! Volunteers will give Gatekeeper presentations regarding the topic of suicide prevention, support, and mental health to fellow students. Peer gatekeeper trainings are flexible for your schedule! The trainings last about two hours per session, and will be offered at various time in the week or occasional evenings and weekends.
To be a volunteer, you just need to be a currently enrolled student in any major and educational background. All current undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply! No prior experience, don't worry, all Peer Educator volunteers complete a thorough interview and training prior to presenting, and they receive on-going supervision and continuing education. The Peer Educator program is supervised and run by the Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office, a department in the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University.
ARA Volunteer Applications:
The applications for the Spring 2021 are now open! Applications are due November 1st at 5 pm. Training will begin the week before classes begin!
As part of the application process, we ask that you include the following:
- Suicide & Prevention Peer Educator Volunteer Application
- A reference (title, email address, and phone number) who can speak to your dependability and ability to be a student leader.
All materials should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aggies Reaching Aggies FAQ:
The Suicide & Prevention Peer Educator Volunteer program provides TAMU students with an exciting opportunity to be a part of something that really matters. Students selected for this program will have the opportunity to become campus leaders in suicide awareness, mental health promotion, and will work as part of a team to develop unique ways to communicate the important messages contained in suicide prevention gatekeeper trainings to fellow students. We are interested in identifying students who want to make a difference and are willing to commit time each week to doing just that.
The volunteers will work with the TAMU Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office to promote and develop campus education about mental health and suicide prevention. Volunteers are trained to deliver QPR, a suicide prevention training that equips TAMU students to: recognize the warning signs, know what to say to someone who might be at risk for suicide, and where to refer individuals for help. Additionally, Volunteers are trained to facilitate Campus Connect, an interactive training providing participants opportunities to enhance their knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. This training focuses on increasing gatekeepers' knowledge about students in a suicidal crisis, developing empathic listening and communication skills, and how to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts. This training is specifically for college students. The volunteers will also participate in campus advocacy and outreach initiatives.
This may vary depending on each student's unique situation, but as a rule of thumb, we would ask you to commit approximately 3-5 hours per week. This time commitment will allow ample opportunity to be trained in the suicide prevention gatekeeper programs, gain experience as a student trainer, and participate in other events.
No! Volunteers include both undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds, career interests, and majors. We value having students who represent a broad range of interests.
We are certainly willing to work with you and your department to identify whether your time dedicated to this program can be used for academic credit or volunteer requirements.