Alumnus returns to screen film at suicide prevention event

Thursday September 26, 2019Lisa Eikenburg
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RAIN LOCATION FOR 11:00 ACTIVITIES:  Inside perimeter of the Williams Center; tie-dye activity remains outside under tent near Williams Center patio.

As part of Suicide Prevention Month, Fredonia will present the “Creating Hope for Suicide Prevention” event on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Activities are intended to create hopeful, supportive messages.

From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. between the Williams Center patio and gazebo, members of the campus community are invited to bring their own items (shirt, bandana, socks) to tie-dye, make their own trail mix, and help to create a campus-wide hope flag and self-care journal. In addition to the outdoor activities, local agencies will be located inside of the Williams Center with suicide prevention resources and information.

A highlight of the daylong event will be a viewing of the film, “Project 22,” which was co-produced by Fredonia alumnus Theo Collins. It is a 90-minute, non-profit documentary which follows two veterans who set out on a 6,500 mile cross-country mission to raise awareness of the high rate of suicide among veterans, and includes interviews with veterans who found help and support through various therapies.  

Information tables including resources from local mental health and wellness agencies, and light refreshments, will be available at 4:30 p.m. with the film beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the William Center Multipurpose Room. Panelists, including Mr. Collins, trained counselors, etc., will be available afterwards until 7:30 p.m. for questions and discussion, with a private space available for those needing a private conversation.

The free event is co-sponsored by the Division of Advancement, Engagement, and Economic Development, and Department of Student Wellness and Support.

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