Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9-13

Bemidji State University and the Student Center for Health and Counseling will be holding a series of activities on campus next week in conjunction with National Suicide Prevention Week.

Sept. 9 – “Perspective on Suicide Prevention and Response”
A panel of faculty, staff and suicide prevention experts will field questions about suicide prevention and response. Students involved in suicide prevention on campus will also join the conversation. The panel discussion will be held at noon in the lower Hobson Memorial Union’s Crying Wolf Room. Larry Hanus, assistant professor of counseling services, will moderate.

A similar panel also will be held in the Crying Wolf Room at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12.

Sept. 11 – “According to Josh”
New York-based actor, playwright and public speaker Joshua Rivedal is bringing his traveling show, “According to Josh,” to BSU. A member of the board of directors for the New York City chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Rivedal has spoken about mental health awareness and suicide prevention in more than 25 states and two Canadian provinces. “According to Josh” is a one-man show featuring more than 15 characters and seven songs combined with an educational session on suicide awareness and prevention. A question-and-answer session will follow the performance.

“According to Josh” will begin at 8 p.m. in Hagg-Sauer Hall 100. Admission is free and the performance is open to the public.

Sept. 12 – Gatekeeper Training
A training session for suicide prevention gatekeepers will be held at 7 p.m. in the American Indian Resource Center Gathering Room.

Bemidji State University’s Suicide Prevention Week programming is sponsored by BSU Lifestyle Educators, the Campus Activities Board, the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, the BSU Veteran’s Center, Chi Alpha, the Lutheran Student Center, the Student Center for Health and Counseling and the Beltrami Area Suicide Prevention Program.

Jay Passa, health education coordinator, BSU Center for Student Health and Counseling, (218) 755-2080