Suicide Prevention Week Events Planned

Arkansas Tech University and the City of Russellville are working together to inform college-age individuals about resources that can save lives as part of National Suicide Prevention Week.

Mayor Randy Horton issued a proclamation on Tuesday, Sept. 6, recognizing September as Suicide Prevention Month and Sept. 5-11 as Suicide Prevention Week in the City of Russellville.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college-age individuals.

Members of the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center staff will have suicide prevention information and giveaways at Hindsman Tower from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9.

At 3 p.m. Friday, the HWC staff will provide QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) training in Baswell Techionery room 202.

During the session, trained personnel will teach those in attendance about signs an individual may be experiencing suicidal thoughts, how to ask about those thoughts and how to help the individual acquire the assistance they need.

A second QPR training is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 3 p.m.

The informational event at Hindsman Tower and the QPR training are On Track events in the Active Mind and Body track.

Call (479) 968-0329 for more information about events hosted by the Arkansas Tech Health and Wellness Center.

Photographed (from left): Kristy Davis, associate dean for student wellness at Arkansas Tech; Randy Horton, mayor of Russellville; and Tonya Gosnell, community education manager at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center. Photo courtesy Joshua Mashon of The Courier.