The Not Another Aggie Suicide Awareness Month will be happening this year! Despite the current pandemic, suicide continues to be a major public health concern. The Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office (SAPO) has continued to recognize the need for our campus to raise awareness of resources, reducing stigma of suicide, and increase interpersonal connections through awareness programs. This year our programs operate differently, but we can still do our part to increase awareness of how to prevent suicide no matter where we are located.
This year, we are coordinating a series of virtual events throughout the month of September. Over the 4 weeks of the awareness challenge, participants will able to walk on teams in their communities and record their steps virtually, along with attending events to help raise awareness about suicide prevention.
QPR offers a traditional approach to understanding the impact and prevalence of suicide as well at the intervention tools. This training prepares participants to recognize the warnings signs, know what to say to someone who might be at risk for suicide and where to refer individuals for help. Participants can register at https://caps.tamu.edu/suicide-awareness-prevention-training/.
We have collaborated with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to participate in the Walk Through Texas History program. Through this 4-week virtual walk challenge, teams will track steps and travel together on a historical virtual journey across Texas, stay connected, and increase their awareness of suicide prevention!
World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is organized by the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP). The purpose of this day is to raise awareness around the globe that suicide can be prevented. Light a Candle near a Window at 8 PM to show your support for suicide prevention, to remember a lost loved one, and for the survivors of suicide. To show your support we encourage you to share pictures of your candle on social media using #MoreThanJustAWalk, #notanotheraggie, #wspd.
Meeting ID: 965 1852 4553
Campus Connect is an interactive training providing participants opportunities to enhance their knowledge, awareness, and skills concerning college student suicide. This training focuses on increasing gatekeepers’ knowledge about students in a suicidal crisis, developing empathic listening and communication skills, and how to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts. This training is specifically for college students. Students can register at https://caps.tamu.edu/suicide-awareness-prevention-training/.
For Suicide Awareness & Prevention Month and with mid terms starting CAPS is partnering with Rec Sports to offer "Breath In, Stretch Out" virtual yoga class at 6:30 pm. We encourage you to take a break and allow yourself to take a moment and reconnect with yourself. During these times of higher stress, it is important to be intentional and set time aside for self-care. Grab a mat and join us for 30 minutes of light movement and meditation.
Zoom Meeting ID: 923 0198 1206
“Suicide: The Ripple Effect” is a documentary film and movement, focusing on the devastating effects of suicide and the positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal and stay alive. The film highlights the journey of Kevin Hines, who at age 19, attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. This film is part of a global mission to help reduce the number of suicides and suicide attempts around the world. Join us after the film for a discussion on how we can support individuals who are struggling and offer hope! The documentary is 1 hour 33 minutes and will be followed by a 30 minute discussion.
Zoom Link: https://tamu.zoom.us/s/93596486370
In collaboration with Active Minds we will be screening the 22-minute documentary “Heroes Get Remembered by Legends Never Die” which dives into the story of John Kelly, an incredible young man with a heart of gold. John helped so many people feel loved and valuable in his short time on earth, and his personality and positivity was truly contagious. John tragically lost his battle to OCD and depression at the age of 24. Following the screening, John Tessitore, the director of the movie and Founder of the JCK Foundation will share his own mental health journey. John was diagnosed with OCD and depression in the 7th grade, and John Kelly took Tessitore under his wing and empowered him to know that he could live a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life even while battling OCD. No one is ever alone on your mental health journey!
Immediately following this presentation, we will break out into groups and have an open discussion about the presentation as well as dive into our own stories. We will also talk about strategies we use to help ourselves on our own mental health journeys. John will also be there leading a break out room.
John Tessitore will also be joining us over zoom on Thursday night (9/24) from 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM as well as Friday (9/25) from 12PM to 1PM for and open Q & A. Feel free to join and ask John anything you’d like!
If you can’t make it on Wednesday night, we will have a recording of the presentation available all week.
Register for this event here! https://forms.gle/hyp2HvxLDrsK9f3i8
We are offing another opportunity to learn interventions tools through QPR. This training prepares participants to recognize the warnings signs, know what to say to someone who might be at risk for suicide and where to refer individuals for help. Participants can register at https://caps.tamu.edu/suicide-awareness-prevention-training/.
Suicide Awareness Virtual Walk Challenge
We have collaborated with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension to participate in the Walk Through Texas History program. Through this program we will be conducting a virtual walk event where teams will track steps and travel together on a historical virtual journey across Texas. The walk will be a month-long awareness challenge starting September 10th - October 7th. On September 10th (World Suicide Prevention Day), we will be holding a virtual candlelight vigil. To show your support we encourage you to share pictures of you walking and attending events using #MoreThanJustAWalk, #notanotheraggie. Participants will stay connected with SAPO and be provided weekly newsletters about additional events, resources, and motivation tips to keep walking. Together, we will show support for people who are struggling, raise awareness about suicide, and honor those affected by suicide.
How to join the Suicide Awareness Virtual Walk League:
- Create or log into your Howdy Health account
- Click the WTTH Dashboard button under the Walk Through Texas History section
- Click the Create a Team button
- Complete the create a team form and use this League Code: wtthL-200819-64771
- If you will be participating as a member on the team, select the option to Join A Team once the team has been created.
- Invite friends, family and coworkers to join as a team of up to 8 team members
- Once created, you are ready to join the Suicide Awareness Virtual Walk League and can start logging steps on 9/10/2020