University Offers Support and Educational Programs To Assist Students

The Office of Student Affairs is taking steps to provide additional counseling and educational programming in the coming weeks.

University Counseling Services will be extending its hours of operation until 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the rest of the semester to accommodate students. Mental health professionals in the community have offered help if additional counselors are needed and there is 24-hour access to counselors by calling 911. 

In addition, the following events will take place this week:

Jake Sevits
7:30 p.m.
April 10
Violette Hall 1000

Sevits will speak on the challenges of living with chronic depression and his personal efforts to develop positive strategies for managing the disorder and living life with joy. He is a successful young engineer from the area who will describe his personal journey with life-long depression and his commitment to a life with purpose despite the challenge. He is devoted to helping others who are facing depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety or other mental health concerns and who may struggle with thoughts of suicide. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

Question-Persuade-Refer Training
3-5 p.m.
April 11
Student Union Building 3203

University Counseling Services will conduct QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) training. QPR is a one- to two-hour long interactive program designed to train individuals about the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to respond to save lives.

Question-Persuade-Refer Training
5-7 p.m.
April 12
Student Union Building 3203

University Counseling Services will conduct another session of QPR training.

Commemorative in Honor of Community Day
April 13

Student Affairs is asking those who wish to participate to wear one of three wristbands for the day. The wristbands may be picked up anytime Thursday after 8 a.m. at the desks in each residence hall and at the Information Desk in the Student Union Building. The wristbands include the following messages: “Committed to Compassion,” “United in Understanding” and “Standing in Solidarity.” The “Standing in Solidarity” wristband will be purple with gold letters in honor of the Alpha Kappa Lambda fraternity.

For questions about the programs or the services offered, contact University Counseling Services at 660.785.4014.