East Region Raises Awareness of Suicide Prevention

Thursday, October 7, 2021

A Message from Wendy Givoglu, Interim President, East and Winter Park Campuses

Each year, the month of September is reserved for sharing information relating to the awareness and prevention of suicide. On average, there are 123 suicides each day in the United States, and in 2019, a reported 47,511 Americans died by suicide. It is the second leading cause of death among college students. Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background. In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Many friends and loved ones can miss the signs that someone they care about is considering suicide.

Left to right: Andrea Bealler and Jocelyn Morales

The East Campus Counseling team created an educational display on East Campus that would attract attention and share important information with the Valencia community. The informational exhibit, which was displayed the entire month of September, in front of the advising department in Building 5, included six powerful myths listed on folders. When the folder flaps were opened, facts were displayed regarding each myth. In addition, a flyer was available that included a list of suicide warning signs and resources available.

Counseling Services at the Winter Park Campus hosted a labyrinth walk “Out of the Darkness” on Wednesday, September 8, 2021, in the Courtyard. Students, faculty and staff were invited to walk the labyrinth to remember loved ones affected by suicide and to set an intention around suicide prevention. The labyrinth is rooted in an ancient spiritual custom found in many cultures. The rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, quiets the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. Twelve students participated in the event and Student Development partnered with Counseling Services to offer and host the space.

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