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Suicide Prevention Week: Courageous Conversations Surrounding Mental Health

September 12-16, 2022

Suicide Prevention Week (SPW) is a series of events designed to raise awareness about college student suicide, create opportunities to stay connected and share campus resources virtually and in-person. This year SPW will focus on creating spaces where students are able to unpack and explore various mental health challenges without the fear of judgment and stigma. Each event encourages courageous conversations and also highlights the unique challenges of different populations that are often overlooked in these conversations. Scroll down to view the events.

Tune into Healthyhorns social media each day this week to learn about campus resources, hear stories of hope and how you can support your fellow Longhorns.

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And remember, help is here for you. If you need to speak to someone immediately, please call the following resources:

Helping Students in Distress

  • Monday, 9/12
  • 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. CDT
  • Zoom

As a staff person, faculty member or teaching assistant, there may be times when you have been concerned about a student’s well-being. Join this conversation to learn how you can recognize signs of distress, ways to express care and concern and connect students to campus resources for extra support. This workshop is open to graduate students, staff and faculty.

Men’s Mental Health

  • Tuesday, 9/13
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. CDT
  • GRE Games Room

Join us in conversation about men’s mental health and hear from a panelist of speakers about how men may be uniquely impacted. We will address a variety of topics including mental health stigma, how symptoms of distress may present in men, and how to seek help and more. Students of all gender identities who wish to learn about men’s mental health and help promote well-being are welcomed to attend. This event is hosted by The Longhorn Wellness Center, Project Males, and the Heman Sweatt Center. Food will be provided.

Mind Over Matter: Mindfulness Practices

  • Wednesday, 9/14
  • 3 to 4 p.m. CDT
  • Texas Union 4.224 Asian Culture Room

Prioritize your self-care and take time for mindfulness. In collaboration with the Longhorn Wellness Center’s Mindful UT program, learn from a UT professor about finding happiness in your academic and professional lives. This event is open to all UT students, staff and faculty.

Love Above All: LGBTQ+ Mental Health

  • Thursday, 9/15
  • 6 to 7:30 p.m. CDT
  • SSB, Glenn Maloney room (G1.310)

Learn from mental health experts about LGBTQ+ well-being and how to promote resilience in the face of oppression. This event will discuss the hardships faced by the LGBTQ+ community and how this relates to mental health, and connect students with valuable campus resources. All LGBTQ+ individuals and allies of this community are welcomed in this space. This event is hosted by The Longhorn Wellness Center, The Gender and Sexuality Center, Trevor Project and Black Queer Trans Collective. Food will be provided.

Self-Care Friday

  • Friday, 9/16
  • 2 to 5 p.m. CDT
  • FAC Patio

Join the Longhorn Wellness Center as we bring you a Resilient UT Self-care Friday! Take a break and grab and a snack, sticker and tell us what you do for self-care on our self-care wall.