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IU Northwest to host suicide prevention seminar Sept. 21

Student group supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals hopes to communicate message of hope


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Emily Banas
Office of Marketing and Communications
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Erika Rose
Office of Marketing and Communications
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Indiana University Northwest invites the campus community and general public to a “Life Saving Talk,” a suicide prevention seminar, from 12 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 21 in the John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, room 105ABC. Light refreshments will be served.

Experts say suicide among young adults is at epidemic proportions, with especially high risks to minority groups such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals. With added pressures of societal prejudice and stigma, these individuals experience a high level of isolation, lack of support, and bullying from their peers with little support.

The IU Northwest student organization Connectionz provides support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered individuals. To bring the program to campus, Connectionz teamed up with STITCH, which stands for Standing Together in Tolerance, Changing Humanity, a community group based out of the First Unitarian Church in Hobart. The seminar will be led by STITCH’s founder, Douglas Harper.

The seminar will address such topics as suicide as a major health concern, myths surrounding suicide, warning signs, risk factors, coping tools, effectively talking with individuals in crisis, and more. Guest speakers will share their own experiences with attempted suicide.

For more information, contact Ricardo Robles, president of the IU Northwest student organization, Connectionz, at (219) 256-5456 or rlrobles@iun.edu.