UNM Hosts Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day

September 21, 2017 - Dorene DiNaro

Suicide Awareness day flyerSeptember is National Suicide Prevention Awareness month. The Veterans Resource Center, Career Services, the Women’s Resource Center, Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) and AGORA Crisis Center are partnering to host a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day on campus on Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building, third floor.  

The event features a day of presentations, a resource fair and quiet rooms staffed with Agora Crisis volunteers to help educate our students, faculty, staff and community around suicide prevention. 

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death on college campuses in the U.S., and for veterans that rate is even higher with approximately 22 veterans dying every day due to suicide. Cheo talked with Patrick Gallegos, Veronica Griego and Alonzo Maestas about this important day and what it will mean for our students. The video can be found here.  

We encourage individuals to “Take a Minute, Save a Life.” We hope to offer our UNM community information ranging from basic understanding of suicide awareness to self-care workshops and Veterans resiliency skills trainings. Workshops will be offered in the morning and the same workshops in the afternoon to meet the needs of varying class and work schedules. 

For more information on the event please contact Veronica Griego at vmgriego@unm.edu.