Stephen F. Austin State University

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. The good news is that suicide is a highly preventable tragedy when individuals in the community are aware of the signs of suicidal behavior and know how to respond appropriately.

QPR is a ninety minute workshop that will provide information and interesting interactive experiences on the "Question, Persuade, Refer" technique. QPR is not a form of counseling or treatment. It is intended to offer hope through positive action.

Upon completion, each participant will receive certification as a "Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper." Much like CPR, the fundamentals of QPR are easily learned. And like CPR, the application of QPR may save a life.

For more information, please contact Counseling Services at (936) 468-2401. To request a QPR presentation, please complete the Presentation Request Form.


As an SFA student you are in a unique position to identify and help a classmate or friend who might be encountering difficulties. Thanks to funding from Mark and Kathleen Walker, as well as the efforts of the Texas University Counseling Center Director's Association and the University of Texas at Austin's Counseling and Mental Health Center, we are able to offer this brief course to help you identify someone who might need support and assistance.

As members of the SFA Lumberjack family we have a duty to support one another whenever the need arises. Through the SFA Way, and our collective efforts to identify and address those in need, we continually demonstrate our commitment to showing how much Lumberjacks Care.

This brief video will provide you some immediate information and resources about how to respond to a person who might be at risk of suicide until you have time to attend a QPR session.

In an urgent situation, call us, or come to our office in 332 Rusk, and we will arrange an emergency assessment. Or you may contact one of the emergency resources below:

911 or local hospital
National Suicide Prevention Line Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ sensitive) 24/7 Hotline: 1-866-488-7386 and/or TrevorText (text START) to 678678
Crisis Text Line by texting HELLO to 741-741
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
Trans-Hotline: 1-877-565-8860
Burke (Local Mental Health Authority): 1-800-392-8343
Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Suicide and Awareness Prevention