"A semicolon is used when an author could've chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. That author is you and the sentence is your life."
The conversation starts here and now. This is not the end of your story, but it's only the start. With the semicolon, know that your sentence will continue. The purpose of Semicolon Week is very simple. Rather than standing idle and allowing the story to end with a period, we're here to work towards continuance with the stroke of a semicolon. Be it self care or self advocacy, Semicolon Week focuses on continuing stories and providing the resources that we can capitalize on to push forward. The premise is that this simple and commonly used symbol shows support and promotes awareness of mental health and suicide. Your story continues. Semicolon Week partners include: Alpha Gamma Omega Fraternity, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - NC Chapter, Counseling and Psychological Services, Mental Health Ambassadors, Student Government Association, Wellness Educators for Change, Advocacy, and student Needs (WE CAN). Contact Elisabeth Cavallaro, Coordinator for Student Mental Wellness, at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions.
Sunday 4/15 - Relax Yosef, 2pm - 4pm in MacRae Peak (PSU 137B) - RSVP HERE
Come learn mindfulness techniques that can help reduce stress. Engage with a panel of App students to learn how to use mindfulness in your life. All levels are welcome. No prior experience in meditation required.
Monday 4/16 - Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving after a Suicide Attempt with Kevin Hines, 6:30pm - 8pm at the Boone United Methodist Church - RSVP HERE
Hear Kevin Hines, author of Cracked, Not Broken: Surviving and Thriving After a Suicide Attempt tell his story and spread his message of hope. Kevin Hines is a survivor of a suicide attempt of the Golden Gate Bridge. Hosted by the Appalachian Regional Library.
Tuesday 4/17 - 5th Annual Suicide Remembrance Night, 6:30pm - 8pm in the Solarium (PSU 118) - RSVP HERE
Open to all. Please join us for a night of remembrance in honor of those who have been impacted by suicide. This event will feature an acapella performance and various speakers.
Wednesday 4/18 - Mental Health Monologues, 8pm - 10pm in Whitewater Lounge (PSU 220) - RSVP HERE
App State students and staff anonymously submitted their stories regarding what it's like to live with a mental health condition. Talented student actors will perform them. A panel discussion featuring professionals from across campus will follow the performance.
Friday 4/20 - Dunk Tank Fundraiser, 11am - 2pm on Sanford Mall - RSVP HERE
Try to dunk brothers of Alpha Gamma Omega and University Police and raise money for a new fund designed to help students who need, but can't afford, off-campus mental health counseling.
Saturday 4/21 - 4th Annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk, 4pm - 6pm in the Blue Ridge Ballrooms (PSU 201AB) - RSVP Here
Participate in the Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Half of the money raised goes back into the local community and the other half helps the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
Saturday 4/21 - Bridge of Hope Banquet, 7pm - 10pm in Parkway Ballroom (PSU 420) - RSVP HERE
Contact Brandon Southard (email@example.com) to get tickets and support a new fund designed to help students who need, but can't afford, off-campus mental health counseling.