MBA Students Offer Suicide Prevention Training for the Workplace

(RADCLIFF, Ky., September 22, 2016) - McKendree University graduate students have created a workplace suicide prevention presentation that is now available to local businesses and organizations. The PowerPoint slide presentation addresses potential warning signs to look for; facts and figures; myths versus facts; prevention strategies; and online resources.

Anna Diehl, Aungelique Walls, Elizabeth Lucas, Godfrey Butler and Robert Glenn, Jr., are students in the human resource management MBA program at the Radcliff campus. Several are veterans; some work in the private sector. Four of the five have experienced a suicide death in the workplace.

Their assignment was to create a training program that could be used by a company to create awareness and provide resources, said Donna Ulrich, human resource management instructor.

“They chose the project because the impact of suicide on everyone is tremendous,” she said. “Suicide impacts fellow employees emotionally and psychologically. Many feel regret, the ‘what if’ or ‘could I have changed the situation’. Many times fellow workers see or hear clues that something is wrong but they don’t know what to do.”

Team members presented the information to their Organizational Behavior class during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September. Now they want to take what they have learned and share it beyond the classroom.

Ulrich and her students, depending on availability, are willing to talk to community businesses and groups and answer questions. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact her at 270-351-5003, ext. 1201 or dmulrich@mckendree.edu.

McKendree University has served the Kentucky community for over 40 years and is recognized as a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media. The Radcliff campus offers an associate degree in business administration and bachelor’s degrees in business administration, marketing, accounting, management, human resources, psychology, sport management and nursing. The master’s program includes degrees in business administration, human resource management, nursing management/administration, nursing palliative care and nursing education. Developed for the working professional and military members, classes are offered in accelerated four and eight-week blended in-class and online formats. For more information, visit mckendree.edu/kentucky.

 

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