U of A Holds Suicide Prevention & Awareness Event Tuesday

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Hundreds of paper silhouettes will be on display at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville Tuesday (Sept. 10), each representing an Arkansan who was a victim of suicide.

It’s part of a campus observance of World Suicide Prevention and Awareness Day, organized by three local community groups.

Activities will begin at noon. Several local agencies will be staffing information booths on the Union Mall from noon to 3 p.m., explaining the resources available to students and offering tips on suicide risk factors and warning signs, how to help a friend, and where to go for help.

The activities will resume at 5 p.m., with food vendors and free music in addition to the information booths and a panel discussion about utilizing crisis centers and suicide prevention hotlines.

The “Walk for Hope” around campus will begin at about 6 p.m. and finish at the Union Mall by 6:30.

The Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, the U of A chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Northwest Arkansas Suicide Prevention Coalition are working together to  host the day’s events.

Information provided by the University of Arkansas