In recognition of September as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the College of Education supports prevention efforts through faculty research, and teacher education preparation.
Laura Gallo, assistant professor in counselor education, has been on a mission to break the stigma, teach community members and authorities to recognize risk factors, and be brave enough ask the question, “Are you thinking about suicide?” Gallo’s research has shown that suicide often does not get the attention its devastating outcome warrants. In 2018, Gallo conducted a content analysis to discover how many articles on suicide have been published in professional counseling journals over the past 20 years. She found that less than 1 percent of published articles were related to suicide. In addition to her research on suicide, she conducts evidence-based trainings developed by professionals in suicide prevention.
Teacher education candidates in the College of Education receive suicide prevention training as part of a series of seminars in both academic and social and emotional learning to better serve their future students. Last semester teacher candidates learned about suicide prevention from Calvin Loffer, who shared his story as a suicide attempt survivor.
If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States, 1-800-273-TALK (8255).