The University of Windsor will launch its first ongoing suicide prevention initiative with the campus community with a kick-off breakfast during University of Windsor Campus Mental Health Day on Tuesday, October 25.
The It Matters That You’re Here initiative is a campaign to unite students, faculty and staff in efforts to encourage hope, help-seeking and healing.
Over the past 18 months, Student Health, Counseling and Welfare Services have collaborated with campus partners and local film producers to create a powerful suicide prevention awareness video featuring messages from people living with suicidal thoughts.
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The video aims to reach those struggling with suicide and other difficult experiences while modeling a compassionate language anyone can adopt when communicating with someone in need of support.
It is rooted in the lived expertise, clinical knowledge, and campus needs identified throughout the development and implementation of UWindsor’s student mental health strategy and takes a multi-faceted approach to integrating suicide prevention and the promotion of mental health in the university culture while working to advance the values and commitments of a caring, compassionate and connected campus community.
“We hope the strong message and diversity that is woven into the It Matters That You’re Here initiative will deliver the right words at the right time in a way that resonates with those who need it most,” says Katie Chauvin. , Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator at Student Health, Counseling and Wellness Services.
“We want anyone living with suicidal thoughts to know that support is available and that there are plenty of people on campus who hold out hope for them and believe they are worth fighting for.”
In addition to the awareness video, the group has developed a new suicide prevention website as a resource to support those seeking help, hope and healing, as well as a campaign to display on campus with QR codes that can be scanned with camera phones. for immediate access to free and confidential mental health services, including 24/7 crisis support.
Kick-off lunch registration is available at: https://uwindsor.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bPbzFUKkVtItz8i