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Suicide Prevention Week

Unpack Your Troubles

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students. Many people who die by suicide also suffered from depression or substance abuse; two very treatable conditions. UB recognizes national Suicide Prevention Week during the fall, annually with a variety of programs FREE to UB students. All programs are facilitated by UB counseling, health, and wellness education professionals.

Suicide Prevention Week Wellness Day

Tuesday, September 8, 2015
11 am - 2 pm
Student Union Lobby

Film Screening of The Bridge

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
12 pm - 2 pm
Student Union Theater

The Bridge is a 2006 British-American documentary film by Eric Steel spanning 365 days of filming at the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge in 2004. Our Suicide Prevention Week Speaker, Kevin Hines, is featured in this film about suicide, intervention, prevention and hope.

Suicide Prevention Week Featured Speaker: Kevin Hines

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
7 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm, seating is limited)
Woldman Theater/Norton 112 (North Campus)

Since the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1937, thousands of people have tried to kill themselves by leaping. Only 34 have lived. Kevin Hines is one of them. He is a global speaker, best-selling author and mental health advocate who reaches audiences with his story of an unlikely survival and strong will to live. Arrive early, seating is limited. Advanced reserved seating for faculty/staff who are bringing classes/students or groups is available by contacting Carissa Uschold by email at

The Student Wellness Team would like to thank our event co-sponsors:
Accessibility Resources, Buffalo Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, Eating Disorder Task Force of WNY, English Department, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Intercultural Diversity Center, Law School, Psychology Department, Sociology Department, Student Support Services, UB School of Medicine, Medical Student Wellness Committee, School of Social Work, Athletics, UB Veterans Association, Suicide Prevention Coalition of Erie County, and Crisis Services.

Open QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer - Suicide Prevention Training

Thursday, September 10, 2015
10 am - 12 pm
250 Student Union

QPR is an easy process that can be applied by everyone, including people outside of mental health professions. QPR is a behavioral intervention that focuses on getting a distressed individual referred for professional help. It is intended to teach front-line people (e.g. resident advisors, academic advisors, friends, religious professionals, faculty/staff, parents etc.) how to recognize the warning signs of suicide, including verbal, behavioral, and situational clues. QPR provides direction as to how to Question a person about suicidal thoughts, Persuade them to get help and to Refer the person for help. Register online.

Out of the Darkness Walk for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Saturday, September 12, 2015
10:30 am (registration begins at 8:30 am)
Delaware Park (near Buffalo Zoo)

Join us and AFSP in the 9th Annual Buffalo Out of the Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention, Education and Awareness. Register online External Site Link Icon today!

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