September 22 - 26, 2014
Suicide Prevention Week is a campus-wide event focused on raising awareness and providing education about suicide prevention. Programs throughout the week emphasize the importance of recognizing and intervening with others who are having suicidal thoughts. Make your mark on suicide prevention today and help save a life!
FREE food and t-Shirts at events (while it lasts!)
All events are free and open to the public*
Can't make an event but still want to stay in the loop? Follow us on Twitter with hashtag #UTSPW
KICK OFF EVENT: Saturday September 20
Kick Back Against Stigma: A Kickball Tournament for Suicide Prevention
10 AM - 2 PM
4612 Avenue D, Austin, TX 78751
Join the Counseling and Mental Health for their kickoff event to Suicide Prevention Week with a day of fun that brings awareness to this important issue! There's only a few days left to form a team and register for Kickback Against the Stigma: A Kickball Tournament for Suicide Prevention.
There is no cost to register! But donations are being accepted for the Brian L. Harlan Memorial Endowment which supports all suicide prevention programming at The University of Texas at Austin. All team members receive a free t-shirt and food ticket. The winning team receives BeVocal: The Bystander Intervention Initiative at The University of Texas at Austin T-Shirts AND gift cards to Amy's Ice Cream!
To register go to http://bit.ly/W6JK2q or complete the attached form. The registration form must be completed by Tuesday, September 16th at 5 PM.
Monday, September 22
10 AM - 2 PM
Gregory Gym Plaza
Join us in pledging to listen to your friends or students who are experiencing a tough time with their mental health! Come by our table to sign up to promise to listen and post your promise on Instagram. Or tweet us at #IWillListenUT with your promise. It's time to show our students with mental health concerns and mental illnesses that our campus community is willing to listen. This campaign was inspired by and adapted from the National Alliance for Mental Illness in New York City (NAMI - NYC).
Tuesday, September 23
Reducing Suicide Risk: A Presentation for Faculty & Staff
12 - 1 PM
Presenter: Mary Bade, PhD, Staff Psychologist for UT HealthPoint: Employee Assistance Program
Research shows that rates of suicidal behaviors are increasing for middle-aged adults. As such, it is important that all faculty and staff members be able to recognize the signs that indicate their co-workers, family members, and friends may be thinking about suicide and take the necessary steps to help them. This interactive workshop will teach faculty and staff how to recognize these signs of suicidal thinking, how to ask about suicide, and how to refer those they're concerned about to mental health professionals.
Be That One Suicide Prevention Workshop
7 - 8 PM
Presenter: Elizabeth Hentschel, Graduate Assistant for the Be That One. Suicide Prevention Program, Counseling and Mental Health Center
Research shows that students first turn to their support systems before seeking help from professionals. As such, it is important that all members of the UT community be able to recognize the signs that indicate students may be thinking about suicide and take the necessary steps to help them. This interactive workshop will teach participants how to recognize these signs, how to ask about suicide, and how to refer students appropriate mental health professionals. For more information, go to http://www.cmhc.utexas.edu/bethatone
Wednesday, September 24
Self-care with Yoga and the Mobile Mind Body Lab
Choose from one of two classes or attend both:
1) 11:30-1 - Blanton Museum West Lawn
2) 5:30-7 PM - BEL, 222
Presented by: Counseling and Mental Health Center, Center for Students in Recovery, and the Health Promotion Resource Center
Lets practice and celebrate self-care! Self-care is an activity practiced by people with the intention of improving one's physical, spiritual, emotional and/or social wellness. It's vital to practice stress relief so that we can take of ourselves and others. And it's incredibly important when talking about suicide prevention. So join us to learn and practice some self-care by participating in our free Yoga class and checking out our Mobile Mind Body Lab!
Thursday, September 25
Firearm Safety for Suicide Prevention
Presenter: Jeffrey Moe, LMSW, Student Veteran Services
Presenter: Lt. Charles Bonnet, University of Texas at Austin Police Department
Many people in Texas own many different types of firearms. Come and listen to Army Veteran Jeffrey Moe, LMSW and LT Charles Bonnet of the UTPD provide some simple steps that can help to reduce the risk of suicide completion if you or a loved one has been struggling with suicidal thoughts. We will be discussing the different types of firearms that may be present in Texas homes, talking about basic firearms safety, and learning how to properly lock and store common types of firearms. Help to reduce the risk of suicide and/or the accidental death of a loved one by attending this seminar.
Bouncing Back: Coping with Rejection and Failure
9 PM - 10 PM
2600 Rio Grande
Presenter: Katy Redd, Mental Health Promotion Coordinator, Counseling and Mental Health Center
Presenter: Steven Stone, Graduate Assistant for the Mental Health Promotion Program, Counseling and Mental Health Center
Join the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) for a *NEW* interactive workshop focusing on the practical skills students need to manage and thrive when rejection and failure occur. Students will learn the differences between a "growth" and a "fixed" mindset, the important role that thoughts play in resilience, and how having a sense of purpose in life can help to navigate difficult experiences during while at UT and beyond. Special thanks to the Tejas Club for hosting this event.
Take Care of Yourself TODAY and Everyday
Educational Display (in two locations.)
8 AM - 5 PM
Gregory Gym Concourse
8 AM - 5 PM
Tri-fold Display in the Health Promotion Resource Center
Student Services Building
Learn about self-care! ! It's important to practice stress relief so that we can take of ourselves and others. So swing by our educational displays throughout the week to learn about ways to practice self-care on campus and in the community. Tweet in using #UTSPWselfcare and share your self-care plan with us for a chance to win a Suicide Prevention Week t-shirt or gift-card to the University Co-Op! You can post your plan once a day from September 22-26 for multiple chances to win.
If you need assistance or accommodation for this event, please contact Marian Trattner, Suicide Prevention Coordinator at 475-6962 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Counseling and Mental Health Center would like to give special thanks to the following campus groups and organizations for their support of Suicide Prevention Week:
Counseling and Mental Health Center
Dean of Students
Student Government Association
Texas Parents Association
CMHC Crisis Line
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