Caring Actions to Provide Safety (CAPS) Suicide Prevention Program
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students, but it is also one of the most preventable causes of death. Caring Actions to Provide Safety (CAPS), guided by Counseling and Psychological Services staff, is a UCF specific program designed for everyone to learn what can be done to prevent deaths by suicide. **This program is being piloted to replace QPR for Spring 2023**
The program goal is to train faculty, staff, students, administrators, parents, and community members in how to effectively recognize and refer persons in distress to campus and community resources. As a result of Caring Actions to Provide Safety (CAPS), you will: be able to recognize a crisis and the warning signs that someone may be contemplating dying by suicide; be able to explore protective factors that help prevent suicide deaths, and apply the three steps of the Triad of Hope (Understand, Connect, Find Support) with individuals in distress; have the skills to act with confidence to make a difference.
Caring Actions to Provide Safety is a one hour presentation where you will learn the warning signs of suicide and three basic principles of how to help save a life. It is designed for students, faculty and staff and anyone at UCF. A session can also be arranged at a convenient time specifically for your group or organization. Caring Actions to Provide Safety is modeled after QPR, a nationally recognized suicide prevention program
For more information about arranging training for your group or organization at UCF, go to request a presentation.
Resources for Suicide Prevention
College and Suicide — Just the Facts
- Suicide is Preventable.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.
- Nearly 1,100 suicide deaths are projected to occur on college campuses this year.
- 18-24 year-olds think about dying by suicide more often than any other age group.
- One in twelve U.S. college students has made a suicide plan.
- The National College Health Risk Behavior Study found that 11.4% of students seriously consider attempting suicide.
- In 1998, dying by suicide impacted more young adults than AIDS, cancer, heart disease, pneumonia, birth defects, stroke, influenza and chronic lung disease combined.
- The suicide death rate for 15 – 24 year-olds increased by over 200% in the last 50 years.
- About 12 young people aged 15-24 will complete suicide today.
- One person under the age of 25 complete suicide within every 2 hours and 2 1/2 minutes.
Suicide Prevention Phone Apps
Virtual Hope Box - This app provides help with emotional regulation and stress via personalized supportive audio, video, games, mindfullness exercises, positive messages and activity planning, coping statements, and other tools.
ReliefLink - This award-winning suicide prevention app assists users with tracking daily mood/thoughts, creating a safety plan, locating the nearest hospitals, and obtaining quick-access to coping methods.
A Friend Asks - This app offers tips for getting help for a friend (or yourself). Helpful information includes what to do RIGHT NOW as well as what NOT to do.
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