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September 07, 2018

Purdue University Fort Wayne Holds Events for Suicide Prevention Week

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FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Purdue University Fort Wayne is holding educational events on campus every weekday during Suicide Prevention Week, “Be A Hero, Save A Life,” September 9–15, with September 10 being World Suicide Prevention Day.

In the United States, one person completes suicide every 12 minutes. It is the second leading cause of death among college students. There are 1,100 suicides on college campuses every year.

On Monday, September 10, there will be mini education session tables all across campus for Take 5 and Change a Life. There will be peer-to-peer education about the warning signs of suicide, how to do your part, practicing self-care, reaching out, and spreading the word. This event runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Rhinehart Music Center, Neff Hall, Liberal Arts, and on the first floors of Kettler Hall and Walb Student Union.

There is a Lunch and Learn event on Tuesday, September 11. “The Language of Suicide” is an interactive presentation to raise awareness of verbal and non-verbal communication, which effects mental health, suicidal thoughts, and the surrounding stigma of suicide. Through conversation, activities, and shared experiences, we can come together to learn how we can make a difference. It is set for noon to 1 p.m. in Rooms 222–226 of Walb Student Union.

A Suicide Prevention Resource Fair is scheduled for Wednesday, September 12. Attendees can meet with campus and community leaders while visiting resource sites for information on suicide prevention, mental health care education, coping skills, and how to help a friend in need. The Save the Seven Challenge, in honor of the seven IPFW students lost to suicide in 2015, will also take place during the fair. The challenge will test participants' knowledge of educational material related to suicide statistics and suicide prevention. The fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walb Union International Ballroom and the Student Services Complex hallways.

Also on Wednesday, there will be a Suicide Survivor Candlelight Ceremony from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. across the Venderly Bridge. This ceremony is in partnership with STOP Suicide of Northeast Indiana and We the Living, a support group in Fort Wayne for people who have lost loved ones to suicide.

The "Be A Hero—Save A Life" Walk and Learn event, where attendees will hear about suicide prevention and go on a short walk, will take place on Thursday, September 13, at Alumni Plaza from 12:15–12:45 p.m.

There will be two sessions of Project COMPASS (Community Partners Against Student Suicide) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training to round out the week, one on Thursday, September 13. and another on Friday, September 14. Project COMPASS is a comprehensive suicide prevention and health promotion program on campus, with a mission to provide suicide awareness and gatekeeper education and training all through the campus community. Gatekeeper training involves teaching people how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer (QPR) someone to help. The Thursday session will take place in Kettler Hall, Room G83, from 2 to 5 p.m. The second session is scheduled for Friday from 9 a.m. to noon in Walb Union, Room G08. Send an email to to register for training.

All of the events are free and open to the public.

Suicide Prevention Week is sponsored by Purdue Fort Wayne COMPASS, and supported by the Purdue University Fort Wayne Campus Health Clinic, Wellness and Peer Education Programs, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQ Resource Center, Center for Women and Returning Adults, Military Student Services, Purdue University Fort Wayne Student Housing, Behavioral Health and Family Studies Institute, Active Minds, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Student Government Association, Office of the Dean of Students, Student Life and Leadership, and Human Resources and Office of Institutional Equity.

For more information, contact Judy Tillapaugh at 260-481-6647 or