September is suicide prevention month. It is something most of us don't want to think about our talk about, yet it is a growing problem in our society.  

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 25 to 34 and the third-leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24.  There are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year.

Stockton University will host 20 events throughout this fall semester to support Suicide Prevention including a Suicide Prevention Walk on Oct. 1, depression screenings with therapy dogs, a national Hip-Hop artist,  a “Men and Mental Health” panel, veterans’ monologues, and a keynote address by the President of the University of British Columbia.  Here is a list of events:

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Event: Day of Service

Event Description: Suicide prevention reflection session; creation of materials for Suicide Prevention Walk

Time: 8 a.m.

Location: Campus Center Event Room

Friday, September 29, 2017 - Friday, October 6, 2017

Description: Memorial Table; mementos to people who have died by suicide

Time: 2 p.m. on 9/29 through 10 p.m. on 10/6

Location: Campus Center Grand Hall; in front of the fireplace

Sunday October 1, 2017

Event: Suicide Prevention Walk

Event Description: A 3/4-mile fully accessible walk through the center of Stockton’s beautiful campus, focused on remembrance, support, and prevention.

Time: 6 p.m.

Location: Lakeside Lodge

Note: In the event of rain, the entire event will be held indoors in the Campus Center Theater.

Monday, October 2, 2017 – Thursday, October 5, 2017

Event Description: Depression Screenings, interactive tabling, therapy dogs

Time: 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: E-Wing Gallery (in front of the library)

Monday October 2, 2017 – Thursday, October 5, 2017

Event Description: Art Contest

Time: 10:15 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: Voting will be held in the E-Wing Gallery (in front of the library); The art will be displayed in G-Wing Gallery for remainder of October, following the contest.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Event: Food and Mood.

Event Description: Nutritionist Kim Raring to present on how food affects mood.

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Campus Center Meeting Room 3

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Event: “Our Role in Our Members’ Mental Health” (fraternity/sorority specific)

Event Description: Open discussion for how to best support our members’ mental health

Time: 8 - 9 p.m.

Location: L112

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Event: Kai Roberts Performance

Event Description: Active minds national speaker and international artist Kai Roberts will share his narrative though a high-energy hip-hop performance.

Time: 8 p.m.

Location: Campus Center Theater

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Event Description: Student stories of struggle and recovery from suicidal ideation

Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Location: L112

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Event: Veterans’ Monologues Part 2

Event Description: Veterans’ real-life experiences will be shared on stage

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: Campus Center Theater

Friday, October 6, 2017

Event: Mental Health First Aid

Event Description: “CPR for the Brain”.- three year certification

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Lakeside Lodge

Note: Preregistration required

For more information, visit facebook.com/stocktonsaveslives or on the ospreyhub (search suicide prevention team).

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Event: Mental Health & Wellness Fraternity and Sorority Officer Workshop

Event Description: Open discussion for how to best support our officers’ mental health

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: B-104

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Event: “Healing and Hope” Toons at Noon

Event Description: Acoustic music and poetry

Time: 12 – 2 p.m.

Location: Campus Center Coffee House

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Event: Mental Health First Aid.

Event Description: “CPR for the Brain” three year certification

Time: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Lakeside Lodge

Note: Preregistration required

For more information, visit facebook.com/stocktonsaveslives or on the ospreyhub (search suicide prevention team).

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Event: Race to nowhere documentary

Event Description: Screening and discussion

Time: 6 – 8 p.m.

Location: Campus Center Theater

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Event: Coping skills workshop

Event Description: visit different tables and learn new ways to live, laugh and love.

Time: 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.

Location: CCMR 5

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Event: Men and Mental Health

Event Description: An interactive panel discussion; Free Pizza!

Time: 5 – 6 p.m.

Location: CCMR 5

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Event: Inspire to Empower

Event Description: Fashion Show

Time: 8-10p.m.

Location: Campus Center Event Room

Monday, October 30, 2017

Event: “In Their Shoes” display

Event Description: Shoes of people who have died by suicide displayed

Time: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Location: Campus Walk or Campus Center (depending on weather)

Friday, November 17, 2017

Event: President Dr. Santa Ono, Suicide Prevention Month Keynote Speaker

Event Description: President of the University of British Columbia, Dr. Santa Ono, to share his narrative on experiencing mental health challenges, his journey though these challenges on his way to achieving goals, growing resilience, and helping others.

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Location: Alton Auditorium with immediately followed by reception in CD atrium with free food!

Details: Speech and reception with food.

Events are sponsored by various organizations including the Wellness Center at Stockton University, Active Minds, Stockton Suicide Prevention Team, Student Development, SVO, Pride Alliance, UBSS, Peer Educators, the Spread the Love Foundation, Athletics, Sorority and Fraternity life, The Mental Health Association of Atlantic County, Dean of Students Office, Stockton Psychology Department, Student Senate and the Social Work Club.

For more information, please visit Stockton's Suicide Prevention Team

or Facebook.com/StocktonSavesLives.

Use #stocktonsaveslives on social media.