Navigating Suicide or Death/Loss on a College Campus -11:30 am-12:30 pm


Ken McCurdy, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS

Therapist, Samaritan Counseling, Guidance and Consulting


Alyson Eagle, LPC, NCC

Staff Therapist at Gannon University

College campuses have been experiencing an increase in the mental health needs of students for the past decade. The COVID -19 pandemic has contributed to a significant increase in students’ mental health and wellness needs. This presentation focusses on navigating losses on a college campus. Direct experiences of losing a student to suicide and many other sudden, tragic losses within the last academic year, this presentation will assist attendees with how to prepare for and navigate sudden losses and how to support each other through unforeseen tragedy.

Learning Objectives

  1. Present a breakdown and application of the Crucial C’s (Connect, Count, Capable, and Courage) and their impact on navigating through sudden losses and unforeseen tragedy.
  2. Identify the benefit of Post-Crisis growth as an outcome of sudden losses and unforeseen tragedy.
  3. Develop an understanding of how to “Care for the Caretaker” when faced with sudden looses and unforeseen tragedy.
  4. Present Suicide Awareness resources.


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