Employees: Be a Mental Health Ally

May 7, 2021

Dear Colleague: 

We fully recognize the past 13 months have been challenging and has taken a toll on the mental health of our campus community, especially our students.

Nationally, the pandemic has exacerbated mental health struggles among young adults, with 1 in 4 people aged 18 to 24 contemplating suicide in 2020 as compared to 1 in 10 in 2018. This is an alarming statistic that the University at Albany and SUNY is taking seriously and working to address. 

To help you become a mental health ally, SUNY is offering free QPR mental health crisis intervention training, which teaches three simple steps for responding when someone mentions suicidal thoughts or is struggling with suicidal ideation: Question, Persuade, Refer

We know the end of the semester is an incredibly busy time but the free training takes less than an hour, and could help save a life. Once completed you will have a two-year certification. 

  • Go to the QPR account page

  • Enter “SUNY” in the organization code field

  • Create your free training account by using your @albany.edu email address

  • Follow the instructions to complete the training

If you are concerned about a student, UAlbany’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is open and providing all services virtually. To schedule a virtual appointment or consult with CAPS, call 518-442-5800 or email [email protected].

If you are concerned about a colleague or co-worker, consider reaching out to the Employee Assistant Program at [email protected] or by phone at 518-442-5483.  

Also, SUNY and the New York State Office of Mental Health offer a Crisis Text Line for students, faculty and staff. Access the confidential text line 24/7 by texting Got5U to 741-741 for help. 

Please consider signing up for the QPR training to assure our students that their mental health is a priority.

Sincerely,

Christine C. Priest

Interim EAP Coordinator

[email protected]