September Is National Suicide Prevention Month

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

In 2019, a reported 47,511 Americans died by suicide and there were an estimated 1.38 million suicide attempts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Data & Statistics Fatal Injury Report. As September is National Suicide Prevention Month, Valencia College counselors have planned the following events to help students with their mental and emotional well-being and they invite you to share them with your students:

Dates: Wednesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 30, 2021
Location: Online

For more than a decade, the Send Silence Packing exhibit has traveled the country to end the silence that surrounds mental health and suicide and connect visitors with resources for support and action. Visitors to this online gallery will learn about suicide’s impact, learn how their everyday actions can help to create a new and better culture around mental health with reduced suicide rates, and share their own message of hope by answering the simple question: what would you say to someone who’s struggling? Click here to view the online gallery.

Suicide Prevention Visual Display
Dates: Wednesday, September 1 – Thursday, September 30, 2021
Location: East Campus, Building 5, Second Floor (Student Affairs Hallway)

View an informational display on suicide awareness in the East Campus Student Affairs Hallway.

It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health Skillshop
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Time: 2 – 3:15 p.m.
Location: Online (Register for the Skillshop here.)

This Skillshop will raise awareness about the issues surrounding mental health and suicide commonly experienced by college students. Counselors will share a 17-minute film called “It’s Real” that features six real stories of college students in their struggle with mental health and how they became mindful to take the steps necessary to seek help. The film will be followed by an interactive discussion led by a BayCare Mental Health Therapist.

Labyrinth Walk Out of the Darkness
Date: Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Location: Winter Park Campus, Courtyard

The labyrinth is rooted in an ancient spiritual custom found in many cultures around the world. As a movement meditation, the rhythm of walking, placing one foot in front of the other, quiets the mind, relaxes the body and refreshes the spirit. Come walk it with an open heart and an open mind to remember loved ones affected by suicide, to set an intention around suicide prevention, to receive and reflect on what is offered in this practice.

BayCare Depression Screenings

Date: Thursday, September 16, 2021
Time: 1 – 3 p.m.
Location: East Campus, Building 5, Room 210 (Advising Center)

Date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Osceola Campus, Building 2, Room 140 (Advising Center)

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Building SSB, Room 206 (Career and Counseling Center)

Mental health conditions affect approximately 45% of college students. Therefore, depression can negatively affect how you think, behave and feel, resulting in academic and/or emotional distress. Depression screening is an important component in one’s health in order to start a crucial conversation about your mental health. Complete a screening and then meet with a BayCare Mental Health therapist to learn ways how to cope with depression.

Color Out the Darkness
Date: Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Location: West Campus, Cafeteria, Building 2, Lake Pamela Trail

This activity will allow faculty, staff, and students to reflect on suicide prevention.  Members of our community have lost a friend or family member to suicide. Many may also be battling depression. There is power in walking out of the darkness together. Join us as we walk around Lake Pamela to reflect on how we can help those who may feel lost and bring awareness to this difficult topic. A color out the darkness activity table (meditation) table will be in close proximity for relaxation. Resources will be available on how to help someone who is struggling or to find help yourself 

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