Suicide Prevention Week activities begin Nov. 5

Bemidji State University will host a variety of activities related to Suicide Prevention Week beginning Monday, Nov. 5.

• Monday, Nov. 5
Bemidji State will host a Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Vet Center, through Nov. 6. The VA has 70 Mobile Vet Centers, customized vehicles equipped with confidential counseling space and state-of-the-art communication equipment, that travel to communities to extend the VA’s reach to veterans, service members and their families – particularly to those living in rural or remote communities. In the VA’s 2011 fiscal year, Mobile Vet Centers participated in more than 3,600 local, state and federally-sponsored activities related to veterans.

Dr. Russ Lee will give a presentation entitled “Untreated Depression and Suicide” at 6 p.m. in the American Indian Resource Center Great Room. Lee’s presentation is free and open to the public.

• Tuesday, Nov. 6
A “Conversation and Cookies with Connie” event, entitled “Helping a Friend,” will be held in the Hobson Memorial Union’s Scandinavian Room from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

BSU students also have worked to produce a video, “To Save a Life,” that will be presented on Nov. 6 as well.

• Thursday, Nov. 8
BSU will host suicide prevention gatekeeper training beginning at 7 p.m. in the American Indian Resource Center. Gatekeeper programs are a common suicide prevention activity. The course will give an overview of various gatekeeper programs and how they can be used to recognize and respond to the warning signs for suicide.

Comedian Adam Grabowski, named 2012’s fastest rising star in campus activities by Campus Activities Magazine, will perform at 9 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer 100. Grabowski has toured 32 different states and performed at over 150 college campuses, the Iowa Comedy Festival and the L.A. Comedy Fest.

For more information about Suicide Prevention Week activities at Bemidji State, contact the Student Center for Health and Counseling at (218) 755-2080.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Vet Centers
Adam Grabowski