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Clemson University has developed our Suicide Prevention Advocate Training based on Campus Connect, an experiential training that enhances advocates' knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. Emphasis is placed on developing empathic listening skills, communication skills and the ability to compassionately and directly ask students about suicidal thoughts. Through increased awareness of their own emotional reactions, advocates are able to more effectively respond to students’ emotional needs and increase the likelihood of a meaningful connection with appropriate professional resources. Suicide Prevention Advocate Training includes:

  • Review of college student suicide statistics and facts

  • Discussion of suicide myths and warning signs

  • Instruction on how to ask students if they are thinking about suicide and how to refer students to mental health professionals

  • Review of effective communication and relationship-building skills

  • Discussion of typical emotional reactions experienced both by students in crisis and responding gatekeepers

  • Participation in experiential exercises and a guided group role play

Workshops typically last one-and-a-half hours. Please request a workshop at least 4 weeks in advance of your preferred date.

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Clemson University is equipped to provide suicide prevention advocacy train-the-trainer programming to appropriate Clemson representatives. After completion of train-the-trainer programming, participants will be equipped to lead Advocate Training Workshops. Based on Campus Connect, train-the-trainer sessions include:

  • Review of the philosophical basis of Campus Connect, adapted to fit Clemson University needs

  • Participation in the experiential exercises and discussion of how to most effectively lead each of the exercises

  • Specific instruction for potential trainers on how to conduct their own trainings

  • Discussion of specific campus needs and strategies for overcoming implementation challenges

  • A training manual for each trainee which contains a detailed description of the training, including a full script with training tips and strategies

Suicide Prevention Advocacy Train-the-trainer workshops typically last 3 hours. Please request a train-the-trainer workshop at least 6 weeks in advance of your preferred date.

Request a train-the-trainer workshop here

Mental Health of America Greenville County (MHAGC)

Volunteers are needed for the CRISISline and TEENline. Volunteers provide a listening ear, information and crisis intervention for individuals in distress. If you would like to share the compassion of the Clemson family with others, please volunteer today. Contact or call 864.467.3347 for more information.

Crisis Text Line (CTL)

This nationwide, free, 24/7 textline is for people in crisis. Volunteers use a web-based platform to provide emotional support to texters who are dealing with a wide range of issues– bullying, self harm, suicidal thoughts, and more. By becoming a CTL crisis counselor, you’ll join a national community of passionate impact makers, and have one of the most meaningful experiences possible. Visit for more information.

Both Active Minds and Psychology Club on campus organize mental health awareness events.

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To make a donation to support Clemson University's suicide prevention efforts, contact Clemson Forever.