2019 Suicide Awareness & Prevention Day
Location: Information table will be at the Tully, Einstein Bagels, and the library
#imhere is a suicide awareness and prevention initiative coordinated by Fairfield University Counseling & Psychological Services, Student Health Center, Campus Ministry, and FUSA. On March 26th, the University community will highlight the value of every life and dedicate themselves to saving lives. At Fairfield University, students are encouraged to help one another and, importantly, utilize the professional mental health services on campus at Counseling & Psychological Services.
Students, faculty and staff will wear #imhere wristbands to remind the community that we’re here for each other when someone is struggling with depressive or suicidal thoughts. Information tables will be set up in the Library, BCC, and Einstein Bagels. The #imhere initiative is funded by the Julia Ryder Sill Fund. Julia ’13 took her life on campus during her sophomore year.
Not everyone who thinks about suicide will tell someone, and there are some people who give no indication at all of their intention. However, there are warning signs that we can all look out for. These include, if a person is:
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Visiting or calling people unexpectedly to say goodbye, either directly or indirectly.
- Giving things away, such as prized possessions
If you are feeling hopeless, helpless or thinking of suicide, get help. If you are concerned about a friend, care enough to get that student help. Tell them you’re there for them. Increasing social connections actually reduces the incidence of suicide. Both Counseling & Psychological Services and Campus Ministry are confidential and no charge to students. #imhere.
For more information, contact Mark Celano / x2146 / firstname.lastname@example.org