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IPFW hosts Suicide Prevention Week events

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Thursday, September 07, 2017 09:59 am

IPFW will hold educational events in recognition of Suicide Prevention Week Sunday through Sept. 16 at 2101 Coliseum Blvd. E. All events are free and open to the public.

This year's theme is "Take a Minute, Change a Life." One person commits suicide every 11 minutes in the U.S. On college campuses 1,100 suicides take place every year, making suicide the second leading cause of death among college students.

Peer-to-peer education sessions take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday in the Athletics Center lobby, student housing, Neff Hall, Alumni Plaza, Liberal Arts Building, Helmke Library and the first floors of Kettler Hall and the Walb Student Union.

"Mental Health 101," a workshop exploring disorders takes place noon-1 p.m. Tuesday in Walb Student Union, Room G21. A Suicide survivor candlelight ceremony takes place 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday across Venderly Bridge.

A suicide prevention resource fair will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday in Walb Classic Ballroom, Room 114. Attendees can meet with campus and community leaders and visit resource sites for information on suicide prevention, mental health care education, coping skills and how to help a friend in need.

A panel presentation and discussion on "13 Reasons Why," a Netflix television series about a high school student who reveals why she completed suicide through a series of 13 tapes that narrate her life experiences, takes place 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Thursday in Walb Classic Ballroom. Lunch will be available.

Project COMPASS (COMmunity Partners Against Student Suicide) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training sessions take place 2-5 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 15 in Room G83 in Kettler Hall. Email compass@ipfw.edu to register. Project Compass is a comprehensive suicide prevention and health promotion program on campus.

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