CaPS Outreach Prevention & Education (COPE)
With COPE, CaPS engages the CMU community through holistic and inclusive trainings that increase access to services, reduce barriers and help eliminate the stigma around seeking help.
COPE's philosophy around community engagement is grounded in a culturally inclusive approach that allows us to assess and create programming around the unique needs of the campus community. Together we can facilitate an understanding of self, others and the community around us.
Any student, faculty or staff affiliated with CMU can request COPE services. We can consult with you to help meet your needs. We can also help by tailoring a training or workshop to fit the needs of your department or group.
Please submit a programming request at least two weeks prior to your event date. If we cannot meet your request, we can likely be helpful in exploring alternative options.
COPE services provide:
- Information Services: Sharing information about CaPS services and mental health and wellness, at resource fairs, orientation activities and welcome receptions
- Relationship Building: Participation and attendance at community events and activities
- Training and Education: Developing awareness, knowledge and skills in the campus community around mental health issues, via panel presentations, workshop facilitation and skill trainings
- Consultation/Assessment: Professional consultation and assessment with members of the campus community, including Residential Education staff, academic departments, student organizations and public safety representatives
- Clinical Intervention: Facilitating individual and communal healing, including conflict mediation and postvention groups
QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer
QPR is a two-hour suicide prevention training designed to educate the audience on warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond. The process follows three steps: (1) question the individual's desire or intent regarding suicide, (2) persuade the person to seek and accept help, and (3) refer the person to appropriate resources. QPR training is accredited by the National Registry of Evidence-based Practices and Policies
Please be aware that we are asking all participants to have their video on at all times during the training.
Trainings will resume in the fall semester. Please submit a COPE Request Form if you would like a QPR training for your specific group during the summer.
Mental Health First Aid: MHFA
MHFA is an evidence based, international education program proven to be effective in teaching adults how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental health and substance abuse challenges among adults. You will build skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to those who are struggling. You will also learn how to connect them to the appropriate support. This training is offered in collaboration with Health Promotions and Student Support Resources.Individuals trained in MHFA will be able to:
- Recognize common signs and symptoms of mental health challenges
- Recognize common signs and symptoms of substance use challenges
- Understand how to interact with a person in crisis
- Know how to connect a person with help
- Use self-care tool techniques
Summer training dates:
Thursday June 16th, 10:00am-5:00pm EST. Sign up is now closed.
Tuesday July 19th - please visit us again for more information on this training.
How to Help a Friend
This 90-minute training is offered to students, faculty and staff to educate about the signs of distress and when, how and if to intervene. We can customize the content and length of the training to the needs of the audience.
CaPS will provide an overview of services, address myths about waiting times, discuss how to refer or access services and answer any questions you may have. The length of this training varies depends upon need.
Recognizing & Assisting Students in Distress
This is a one-hour, faculty designed, professional development opportunity that is meant to serve as a broad overview of how best to aid students at Carnegie Mellon University. Ideally following this training, faculty should be able to (1) articulate key findings about the CMU student mental health experience, (2) describe the vital role of faculty in supporting students, (3) identify the appropriate methods to assist students, and (4) describe the available support resources on campus.
Trainings are also being offered to individual departments and programs. REQUEST A TRAINING HERE.
This training is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and facilitated by a Student Affairs team. If you have questions, email Sarah College, special projects manager in the Provost’s Office.