As part of Mental Health Awareness Week, SUNY Buffalo State’s Counseling Center will be holding a free one-day suicide prevention symposium on Wednesday, April 9. “Buffalo State Cares” will take place from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., with events from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. taking place in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall, and an event at 4 p.m. meeting in E. H. Butler Library 210 on campus.
The symposium will offer an overview of Buffalo State’s approach to overcoming bystander apathy, becoming involved in suicide prevention on campus, hearing stories from those impacted by suicide, and continuing the conversation about mental health issues in our community.
9 – 9:30 a.m.: Opening Remarks
Overview of the SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant and Symposium
9:30 – 11:30 a.m.: “Dear Me,” an original production play by Buffalo State Theater Department
Meet Reggie, who is wrestling with the disturbing reality that his childhood pal, Charlie, has just committed suicide. Ignoring Reggie’s desperate pleas, Charlie had recently come out-of-the-closet for all to know – the social impact was disastrous. The play takes us along with him on his journey towards self-discovery and turning loss into lessons.
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Panel Presentation
Panelists will share personal stories including the effect of the QPR suicide prevention training and the impact of suicide.
12:45 – 1:30 p.m.: Lunch on your own
Many options are available in the Student Union!
1:30 – 2 p.m.: Visit the traveling exhibits from the Museum of disABILITY and stop by the tables with public service announcements for information about resources.
2 – 3:30 p.m.: Keynote Speaker
Jordan Burnham, from Active Minds shares his battle with depression and his suicide attempt. Mr. Burnham was a student athlete and has been on CNN and ESPN sharing how he is rebuilding his life.
3:30 – 4 p.m.: Buffalo State Cares – UPstander Awards
UPstander Awards will be presented to faculty, staff and students. The first community recipient is Darnell Barton, the NFTA bus driver who compassionately reached out to stop a troubled young stranger and kept her out of harm’s way.
4 – 6 p.m.: QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention
Ask a Question, Save a Life. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college and university students, but it is also one of the most preventable causes of death. QPR, facilitated by certified trainers, is a program designed for everyone to learn what can be done to prevent suicide.
Free on-site registration will be held in the Campbell Student Union Social Hall throughout the day. This event is supported by grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Details about this event are available on the Counseling Center’s website.