Suicide Prevention Week

Increasing access to gender-affirming care saves lives

Increasing access to gender-affirming care saves lives

Her talk, entitled “Mental Health Allyship,” focused on explaining how mental healthcare providers work with transgender people to get them access to gender-affirming medical care and how greater access to this care would reduce the suicide rate among transgender people.

Student Voices Panel gives mental health a voice

Student Voices Panel gives mental health a voice

On Thursday, University of Connecticut students heard their peers’ stories at the Student Voices Panel as part of Suicide Prevention Week. These students spoke bravely and openly about the traumatic experiences they’ve lived through. The panel was held in the community room of the African American Cultural Center (AACC) on the fourth floor of the Student Union.

Student Voices Panel sheds light on how suicide affects lives

Student Voices Panel sheds light on how suicide affects lives

Several students in the audience decided to join the conversation and share experiences and anecdotes from their life. One student discussed how suicide affects people that might not even know the victim, while another student spoke about the lead singer of Linkin Park, who committed suicide this past summer.

Suicide Prevention Week Personal Piece: 'I just can’t do this'

Suicide Prevention Week Personal Piece: 'I just can’t do this'

I was only nine when the idea of suicide burst through the door of my life, not even bothering to knock or give me some warning to prepare for its arrival. Being so young, I didn’t quite understand much other than the fact that my uncle, and godfather, died because he wanted to and chose to.

Field of Memories helps visualize impact of suicides

Field of Memories helps visualize impact of suicides

During Suicide Prevention Week, the lawn in front of the Student Union is serving as a “Field of Memory.” To give students a way to visualize the impact suicide has on communities, like the University of Connecticut, one thousand yellow flags are stuck in the ground to represent all the lives lost.