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Student Counseling Services is preparing for National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 8-14. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students and the 11th leading cause of all deaths in the United States. Director Doug Hankes and his staff are certified to train "gatekeepers," which include faculty, staff and students, on how to effectively recognize and refer persons in distress or who are suicidal to campus and community resources. The program model uses the Question, Persuade and Refer curriculum, or QPR, that is nationally recognized by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations as a Best Practices program. It is a one-hour program and can be given to groups of up to 30. Contact Student Counseling Services at (334) 844-5123 to schedule a program during the coming academic year. To commemorate and promote awareness of National Suicide Prevention Week, Student Counseling Services will also provide free ribbons and fact sheets on suicide that can be picked up either at Student Counseling Services in the Auburn University Medical Clinic building or at the Health and Wellness Promotion Services office in the Student Center.