Get ready for the upcoming Suicide Prevention activity April 3 from 9 to 11am in the plaza. There will be neon supplies for necklaces, bracelets, t-shirts, artwork, and of course good snacks.
This is the culminating event for a three year suicide prevention grant for Garrett Lee Smith and the outstanding work of our student mentors. This year we have 26 student mentors that have been putting their best efforts into the grant work.
The art department will display incredible art projects that have to do with mental illness, suicide, and anything that they’ve felt is appropriate for this event. They’ll be displayed later, hopefully in the library.
“We have a support line that we’ve been able to implement, they are really the conduit of this counseling center and students. This is the last big event of this grant and we really want it to be amazing and outstanding,” explains Carra Ward the Suicide Prevention Grant Manager. The Wellness and Counseling Center has increased its numbers from 495 students to almost 1500 students seen every year.
Ward also comments, “We’ve gone from students thinking that strength is sucking it up and carrying on to realizing that strength is reaching out and saying ‘I need help.’ Calling in and saying ‘I just need somebody to sit here with me for five minutes.’ Knowing that there’s a balance between working hard and getting good grades and playing.”
This is continuing their project to hang on to positive emotions. They have game nights every second Thursday and this is the final event for that.
Come as you are. That’s what the theory of the whole grant has been is accepting yourself as you are. Come and enjoy and have fun.