July 12th, 2018 | by CollegeAD

Vickie Woosley believes a conversation can help save a life. Woosley, Sports Psychologist with Vanderbilt Athletics, puts that belief into action with the athletic department’s QPR training. QPR stands for “Question, Persuade, Refer” and is a seminar offered as part of the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network. Last month, Woosley presented QPR training to rising sophomore student-athletes participating in the Commodores’ Pre-Flight Program. She also discussed mental health and available resources with newly arrived freshmen. “The main goal of QPR is to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health and educate people on how to prevent suicide,” Woosley said. “We talk about risk factors and the resources available here at Vanderbilt.” QPR training teaches student-athletes how to be “gatekeepers,” individuals who can recognize warning signs in someone who may be contemplating suicide. Gatekeepers are presented with ways in which to question a person about suicide, persuade the person to seek help and refer them to the appropriate resource. QPR participants are presented with a handbook that offers helpful methods of gatekeeping and available resources, such as suicide hotlines and more. –Read More

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