SUU Participates in Suicide Prevention Week

Published: September 14, 2016 | Read Time: 2 minutes

SUU Participates in Suicide Prevention WeekSeveral groups at Southern Utah University are partnering together to bring awareness to suicide and suicide prevention this week as part of the National Suicide Prevention Week. SUU offers resources for anyone seeking help and support through the office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS).  Members of the SUU Care and Support Team (CAST), Active Minds, and Real Peers also stand ready to listen and serve those in need.  

“We have increased our efforts to support students inside and outside of the classroom,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Brad Cook. “One particularly effective approach to support students who may be having suicidal thoughts, experiencing emotional distress, or mental health problems is to raise awareness and reduce stigma surrounding open communication.”

The University wants to provide a safe, supportive and caring campus for all students. By offering several avenues to seek help, students can choose from a variety of services and student support groups that best fit their needs.

Dr. Curtis Hill, director of CAPS, explained the purpose of his department is to help SUU students achieve their educational, career and personal goals.

“Students are going to run into road blocks that make focusing on school and their overall wellbeing a challenge,” said Hill. “We provide a safe, confidential place where we can address those road blocks and collaborate together to find ways to remove those stresses. We are here to assist them in addressing the pressure and conflicts that may distract them from achieving their full potential.”

CAPS is located in a new location at 136 West Center Street and is staffed with experienced licensed mental health professionals including psychologists, social workers, and mental health counselors who work with students to reduce the interference of everyday stress and also treat more serious conditions. CAPS offers individual counseling, couples counseling, group counseling, biofeedback and workshops. 

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