Southeast Raises Awareness for Suicide Prevention Sept. 12-24

Southeast Missouri State University will observe Suicide Prevention Awareness across campus Sept. 12-24 with events for students, faculty and staff that raise awareness about this important issue.

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals ages 15-35,” said Torie Grogan, director of Counseling and Disability Services. “Not everyone who has a diagnosis of depression will experience suicidal thoughts; however, 90 percent of individuals who complete suicide are experiencing a mental health and/or substance use concerns. It is important to remember that there are effective treatment options to address these mental health and substance use concerns. Suicide prevention is about increasing awareness of risk factors for suicide and reducing the stigma associated with seeking help and referring individuals to supportive treatment options.”

Counseling and Disability Services also offers online and face-to-face suicide prevention trainings at http://www.asklistenrefer.org/semo. Southeast’s Prevention Resource Center provides Youth Mental Health First Aid trainings at http://semo.edu/preventionresourcecenter/mental-health.html.

Redhawk Health Educators is one of many available resources on campus hosting wellness events this month.

Suicide Prevention Week events include:

Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon: The Missouri Opioid Summit is being hosted by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Cape Girardeau County Public Health Center  at the Show Me Center, 1333 N. Spring St. This informational summit will bring together state experts and local voices in healthcare, safety education and others, highlighting opioid abuse and discussions on interventions in Missouri. Registration was required before Sept. 1, 2017. For more information, visit capeopioidsummit.eventbrite.com

Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: The Redhawk Health Educators will host a “Build Your Own De-Stress Kit” event in the University Center lobby. Counseling and Disability Services will launch the Body U Online Wellness platform at this event.

Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Free, confidential depression screenings will be provided by the Counselor Education Training Clinic and Counseling and Disability Services along with An Ask, Listen Refer Suicide Prevention Training Drive. This event will be offered in two locations on campus, the University Center lobby and the Kenneth and Jeanine Dobbins River Campus Center.

Sept. 15, noon: The Southeast community of students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a balloon release to promote suicide prevention and awareness on the steps of Academic Hall.

Sept. 24: The Southeast Community is encouraged to participate in the Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk at Cape County Park North. Registration for the walk opens at 10 a.m. with a noon start time for the event. Pre-registration can be completed at www.afsp.org/capegirardeau.

For more information or help, students can contact Counseling and Disability Services at (573)-986-6191 to schedule appointments. After-hours crisis services are available on campus by contacting the Department of Public Safety at (573)-651-2215. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 by calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255). There are also Crisis Text line Services available by texting HOME to 741741.