Weber State University students will have the opportunity on Monday to learn how to help prevent suicides.

A poster at the annual NUHOPE Suicide Awareness Walk encourages those to hold on and empower.
A poster at the annual NUHOPE Suicide Awareness Walk encourages those to hold on and empower.

“Conserving Lives” suicide prevention training and resource fair focuses on the increasing number of suicides in Utah. Beginning at noon on Jan. 25, the event will feature keynote speaker Corbin Standley, a Weber State alumnus, who will discuss ways to recognize warning signs of suicide.

Director of WSU’s Counseling & Psychological Services Center, Dianna K. Abel, will also give a “Question, Persuade, Refer” training that focuses on helping those that may be struggling.

As more research arises in regards to suicide, the endeavors to prevent it have increased. According to the American College Health Association, one in 12 university students in the United States have actually made a plan to commit suicide and, of those, 1.5 out of 100 make an attempt. The state of Utah also leads the country in adults who have either thought about or attempted to commit suicide. Utah has the fifth highest suicide rate in the country and it is the leading cause of death in the state.

With this information, “Conserving Lives” seeks to lower the numbers, assist those who may be struggling with thoughts and help others to recognize the signs. The event ends at 2 p.m.

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