Suicide Prevention Week

UConn honors World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week 

UConn honors World Mental Health Day and Mental Illness Awareness Week 

Suicidal behavior and prevention are the focus of this year’s World Mental Health Day, first established on Oct. 10, 1992, by the World Federation for Mental Health. Multiple student groups and health resources on campus like are collaborating to raise awareness in honor of this day along with Mental Health Awareness Week.

Suicide Prevention Week keynote speaker: Beth Macy connects addiction and mental health 

Suicide Prevention Week keynote speaker: Beth Macy connects addiction and mental health 

The opioid crisis of America has been overlooked for too long; journalist and author Beth Macy discussed her research on drug addiction and its relationship with suicide at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts Wednesday. This lecture was just one of many events that took place during Suicide Prevention Week. 

‘Field of Memories’ filled with meaning 

‘Field of Memories’ filled with meaning 

When you’ve walked by the Student Union this week, you might have noticed the small yellow flags peppering the front lawn. You might have just glanced at them, and then continued walking by, unbeknownst to their significance and meaning. However, this particular week calls all of us to not only notice all of these flags, but also what they symbolize. With 1,100 flags, each one represents a college student’s death by suicide. 

Tabling encourages students to ‘Listen Louder’ to show they care

Tabling encourages students to ‘Listen Louder’ to show they care

A central location is important to getting the message out this Suicide Prevention Week. Protect Our Pack, the University of Connecticut’s bystander intervention Program, tabled in the Student Union Monday to spread awareness about suicide prevention and to encourage students to “Listen Louder.”  

Beth Macy to speak at Jorgensen during Suicide Prevention Week 

Beth Macy to speak at Jorgensen during Suicide Prevention Week 

Journalist and author Beth Macy is going to be speaking at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Sept. 26. Macy’s lecture will explore the relationship between mental health and addiction through the stories of people she has interviewed in her work. The lecture is hosted by SUBOG and the UConn Suicide Prevention Committee.  

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.