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
The JCK Legends Program is a virtual event brought to A&M by Active Minds and Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office to promote mental wellness and suicide prevention. The event will consist of a live documentary showing with a live workshop on Wednesday 9/23 at 7:00pm and two live Q&A sessions with John Tessitore on Thursday 9/24 at 7:30pm and Friday 9/25 at 12pm! There will also be a prerecorded documentary and talk available to those who want to attend one of the Q&A sessions but cannot attend the showing on Wednesday night!
A word on the Legends Program for John Tessitore:
"The overall purpose of this program is to educate students about mental health. We hope to create an environment where students are comfortable discussing and learning about mental health alongside their peers and educators. Students will start conversations about mental health with their peers, learn about mental health resources and healthy stress management strategies, and listen to stories of mental health journeys, resilience, and recovery."
-John Tessitore, Founder of the JCK Foundation and the Legends Program
Register for this event here! https://forms.gle/hyp2HvxLDrsK9f3i8
Here is the zoom invitation:
Meeting ID: 965 8641 9459
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