Suicide Prevention Week at Peru State College

Suicide Prevention Week at Peru State College

September 20, 2019
Contact: Jason Hogue, Director of Marketing and Communications, 402-872-2429

Peru, Nebraska – Peru State College held a week of programming dedicated to suicide prevention during the week of September 9. As part of this  week, an evening showing of Suicide the Ripple Effect was held in the Performing Arts Center on September 12. This shared the story of Kevin Hines, who attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. Amanda Drier from the Southeast Prevention Partners provided the viewing and yard signs for campus creating awareness of the week long recognition. 

Amanda Drier

Drier speaks before the showing of Suicide the Ripple Effect.

Jamie Eberly, Licensed Student Counselor, said, “The showing was attended by 24 people on the evening of September 12 and followed with honest conversation about relevant topics and statistics.” 

Jamie Eberly

Eberly sharing information about suicide prevention.

The campus also provides Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR) Training on a monthly basis to students and faculty members. The mission of QPR is to save lives and reduce suicidal behaviors by providing innovative, practical and proven suicide prevention training. 

Eberly continued to say, “Since August 2018, when we started providing QPR training on campus, we have trained over 130 people!” 

The Counseling Center and Peru State Athletic Department are also planning on hosting the Glow Walk on October 23. The Glow Walk is held to raise awareness for Mental Health Awareness Month. 

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Thomas Veleba contributed to this release.