- 1.Suicide Prevention Week
- 2.Our Fall 2014 College Suicide Prevention Tour
The Alive! Mental Health Fair is a program of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center. It was created to provide an interesting educational suicide prevention program aimed at college students. The fair has visited over 40 colleges so far, and each event has been a huge success! The onsite counselors are amazed at how this event, like no other before, helps them start the conversation about suicide prevention with the students.
Most people do not know that suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for college students.
Alive! Mental Health Fair includes several one going and time-specific exhibits. There is an Art Therapy and a hands-on Graffiti Art Exhibit where each student is able to create their own art expression on a large canvas. The canvas is pre-populated with a theme customized for each campus.
We screen “A Reason To Live” Documentary which depicts young suicidal adults grappling with life and death issues and how crisis interventionists help them.
In addition, there is a Create-Your-Own-Secret Exhibit, where blank postcards are sent to each campus in advance of the fair’s arrival so that students can write their secrets in advance and then come and look at their own and other secrets put on display at the fair.
Lastly, there is a 1-hour suicide prevention training course in QPR,Question Persuade and Refer, on how to ask a friend or someone you are concerned about if they are suicidal, how to persuade them to get help, where to find that help and take them there. Counselors invited from the host college will be on hand to meet and speak to the students.