- HelpLine is the after-hours mental health service for Texas A&M University founded in January of 1995. It provides telephone, peer support, information, crisis intervention, and referrals to students, as well as those concerned about students.
- The HelpLine is available from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends when school is in session. The HelpLine is supervised and run by Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), a department in the Division of Student Affairs at Texas A&M University. The HelpLine can be reached at 979-845-2700.
- HelpLine Awareness Week (HAW) occurs one week during the fall and spring semesters. HAW was started in the spring 2009 semester as a way to mass advertise HelpLine services to our campus.
- HelpLine volunteer Jason Kuszynski's My Aggie Story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoXYnl4XMqw&feature=youtu.be
- Upcoming training classes:
- May 18-23, 2020 (to begin service in the summer)
- August 17-22, 2020 (to begin service next fall)
The Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office looks forward to future partnerships and events that will highlight Suicide Awareness at Texas A&M University.
Question Persuade Refer (QPR) offers a traditional approach to understanding the impact and prevalence of suicide as well as the intervention tools. This training prepares participants 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.
QPR Training Dates:
- Friday, April 3 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
- Monday, April 6 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
- Tuesday, April 28 from 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.
QPR training is offered to a wide variety of people and groups on campus; students, faculty, and staff at Texas A&M are all invited to participate in our training. This year, we have facilitated QPR trainings for groups such as Residence Life, Rec Sports, and FLED among others. We look forward to helping more individuals and groups on campus become QPR trained.
Campus Connect is an interactive training providing college students 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, and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts.
Campus Connect Dates:
- Monday, March 23 from 10 a.m.- 12 p.m.
- Friday, April 17 from 10 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Groups can schedule alternate training dates for QPR and Campus Connect by visiting the CAPS website: https://caps.tamu.edu/suicide-awareness-prevention-training/
- Kognito At-Risk is a 45- minute, online, interactive gatekeeper intervention training program that teaches students, faculty, and staff how to identify individuals exhibiting signs of psychological distress such as depression.
- The trainings will also help people approach individuals to discuss their concerns; and make referrals to Texas A&M Counseling and Psychological Services and other community resources.
- There are two versions you can use: At-Risk Peer Training for current college students & At-Risk for Faculty & Staff for A&M faculty and staff.
- The Suicide Awareness Prevention Office has reached out to both the First Year Experience Office and the Veteran Resource & Support Center regarding implementing Kognito-At-Risk training in an official capacity at the university.