The Center for Student Development will be hosting several events for Suicide Awareness week, including a movie on the lawn, depression and anxiety screenings and more.
The CSD’s goal is to help students, not only academically and professionally, but also emotionally.
“Increased knowledge and awareness regarding being able to recognize suicidal ideations in self and others, how to reach out; being comfortable in reaching out for help and helping someone else get to the right resources should they encounter a friend or someone who is really depressed or having some suicidal thinking,” are the objectives which Director of Center for Student Development and Licensed Professional Counselor Rachel Carter hopes students achieve during the week.
Carter said she hopes students and those in need can realize that it is okay to talk about these situations and feelings, and that they should not be swept under the rug.
Events will run from Sept. 10 to Sept. 14. The daily events include:
Monday- Passive Programing – Table tents will be set up with informational material all week
Tuesday- Suicide Awareness booth, in collaboration with Frontier Health and Bristol Crisis Center in the Jefferson Lounge from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Wednesday- Check-Up-From-The-Neck-Up. Depression Screenings in Books and Brew from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. There will be an option for students to schedule a counseling appointment if needed.
Thursday- Movie on The Lawn – “Suicide: The Ripple Effect” with a talk-back with Matt Runnells and professional staff. (weather permitting) at 8 p.m at McCraray.
Friday- Matt Runnalls speaking in Greear Gym at 1 p.m. sponsored by the Concerned about Our Community Coalition and the UVa-Wise Counseling office.
The CSD encourages students to come to the events in order to learn how to help themselves and others.
For more information on these events or to schedule an appointment, contact Rachel Carter via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.