BRISTOL, Tenn. – The National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has made it a priority to focus on mental health and looking for ways to break the stigma. They want to promote the total state of health and well-being for our student-athletes.
King University SAAC started with QPR training last week to end September’s Suicide Prevention Month. QPR, also referred to as question, persuade, and refer, is a two hour educational program that teaches professionals and students the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to directly respond to it.
King University students and staff were able to attend the NCAA SAAC Super Region Convention this past April. One of the areas of focus was on a mental health initiative. Conference Carolinas students chose to work together on a conference wide challenge that included t-shirts that contained the hashtag #NotAlone and a video challenge. The shirts will be worn by students and staff on October 10th for Suicide Awareness Day. The video campaign has been ongoing with each school challenging the next across the conference.
King also had the opportunity to send a faculty member to be trained as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor. Throughout the year she will train coaches, students, faculty, team leaders and others in Mental Health First Aid.