UOG & Mental Health Join in Suicide Prevention Effort

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Guam – September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and the University of Guam’s “I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program” in partnership with the Department of Mental Health’s Prevention and Training Branch have organized several events to raise awareness on suicide prevention on Guam this month.

Suicide is ending one’s life on purpose.  Suicide is the 5th leading cause of death on Guam; a rate of one suicide every two weeks according to the Guam Profile on Suicide (2010).  What many may not know is that help and support are available locally. To raise social awareness for suicide prevention, all are invited to the following events to be held this month:

Suicide Prevention Forum will feature keynote remarks from Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz, and a panel of University and community leaders, including University of Guam faculty members with research and related experience in suicide prevention, including Dr. Karri Trahin Perez and Dr. David Atienza, as well as community experts in prevention including Dr. Juan Rapadas and Gayle Osborn.  This event will also premiere I Pinangon’s PostSecret project video, which aims to promote help-seeking among UOG students.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall

Suicide Prevention Film Night will showcase the feature film on love and suicide in the Marshall Islands, “Morning Comes So Soon,” produced by Small Island Films with a grant from UNESCO. Please join us for a short discussion following the film featuring University of Guam student leaders from different majors, clubs, and organization.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
University of Guam College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Lecture Hall

Suicide Prevention Exhibit will feature a mini-fair of various community resources both on-and-off campus.  First 100 participants get a free I Pinangon t-shirt!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
University of Guam Student Center Rotunda

Suicide Prevention efforts are also done year-round to provide preventive and intervention support to those at-risk and survivors within the community:

The Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop is a two-day workshop for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide.

safeTALK is a three-hour training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide, and to address them with the TALK steps (Talk, Ask, Listen, Keep-Safe), connecting callers to suicide first aid, and intervention caregivers.

*For a complete schedule and more information on ASIST and safeTALK, visit www.peaceguam.org or contact the PEACE office at 477-9079 thru 83.

Survivors of Suicide Support Group is a place where survivors of suicide (youth and adults who have experienced a suicide loss) can find comfort, hope, and share  their stories with others affected by suicide in a comfortable and confidential setting.
Every Thursday
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DMHSA, Prevention and Training Branch
J&G Ada’s Commercial Center, Bldg F, 2nd Floor

Suicide is a public health problem, but preventive resources are available. Anybody, and everybody can help save lives. Together we can make Guam a suicide-safer community.