The College of Charleston’s Office of Student Wellness and Well-being is offering two “How to Help a Distressed Student” suicide prevention trainings for faculty and staff: one at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2, and the other at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3. Both 90-minute trainings will be in the Stern Student Center, room 409.

The training is an entry-level presentation, and participants will learn how to identify signs of distress, how to talk to students who are in distress, and what mental health resources are available to help students, both on and off campus.

“We are excited to be able to have opportunities to provide more training and conversations around the mental health of our students,” says Rachael McNamara, director of the Office of Student Wellness and Well-being, adding that the training is part of the federal suicide prevention grant that the office received in October. “Our goal is to have our community feel prepared with the knowledge needed to help students who are struggling, so that we can provide them the help and resources they need.”

To participate, please email with the date of the training that you would like to join.