WSU to present free Suspenders4Hope suicide-prevention training


Wichita State University, along with several community partners, presents the Suspenders4Hope Preventing Suicide Training at 10 a.m. Thursday, July 21 at The Phoenix Gym, 145 N. Wabash in Wichita. This free training will be facilitated by Dr. Jessica Provines, Wichita State’s assistant vice president for wellness and chief psychologist. It’s open to all addiction treatment counselors and providers and community members. 

Suicide and substance abuse are inextricably linked, and research informs the best ways to assist in times of suicidal crisis. Asking direct questions and sharing concerns, staying close and offering resources can all make a positive difference. The Suspenders4Hope Preventing Suicide Training empowers attendees to contribute to a culture that supports mental health and encourages wellness. 

Many people struggle with suicidal thoughts and moments of suicidal crisis. However, more than 99.5% of people also recover from suicidality. When equipped with the right information, many of us may have an opportunity to help ourselves, friends, family members, and coworkers through mental health struggles. And for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, the material provided in the training can help make sense of the loss and promote healing in an accepting space. 

Attendees have the opportunity to earn 1.5 hours of continuing education credits. For more information about #WeSupportU Suspenders4Hope, visit

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