Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 19-25

suicide-prevention-1Students, faculty and staff are invited to join the movement to raise awareness and promote suicide prevention by participating in Southeast’s Suicide Prevention Week 2016.  The following events have been scheduled Sept. 19- 25 for Suicide Prevention Week:

Monday, Sept. 19 through Wednesday Sept. 22 – Counseling and Disability Services in collaboration with the Counselor Training Clinic will provide free, confidential depression screenings from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the University Center lobby. Dove-shaped suicide prevention pledges, semicolon tattoos and psychoeducational resources will be available at the screening events.

Tuesday, Sept. 20 – The Southeast Regional Support Center will provide a free Youth Mental Health First Aid Training from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the University Center, Heritage Room. This training will prepare students, faculty and staff to assess for suicidal risk, listen non-judgmentally, give resources and information, and encourage professional help and self-care strategies. Free lunch will be provided. Registration for the training must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Sept. 14. To register contact Blaire Peters at bpeters@semo.edu.

Thursday, Sept. 22 – All students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in a dove-shaped balloon release at Academic Hall at noon in remembrance and to raise suicide prevention awareness.

Friday, Sept. 23 – The Redhawk Health Educators are hosting “Puppies for Prevention” at the Academic Terraces from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to promote healthy stress reduction strategies for Suicide Prevention Week.

Sunday, Sept. 25 – The Out of the Darkness Community Suicide Prevention Walk will take place at noon at Cape County Park North. Registration and check-in for the walk begin at 10 a.m. To register for the walk, visit www.outofthedarkness.org.

For more information about Suicide Prevention Week 2016, contact Counseling and Disability Services at (573) 986-6191 or by email at ucs@semo.edu.