New support groups on Louisiana college campus support mental health

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Southeastern Louisiana University is promoting a weekly support group to call attention to suicide prevention and the support needs of those with mental health issues.

The group, which held its first meeting on Oct. 7, gathered at the War Memorial Student Union on campus with help from the University Counseling Center. Students included members of various campus groups like the Southeastern Sociological Association and the Social Work Club.

Also involved was the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI), which highlighted the services that are available to students in need of counseling and help.

Embracing community

Counselors from the University Counseling Center handed out "bricks" that students could write on to illustrate how suicide had affected their lives. These were built into a "brick wall" of experiences. So many students got involved that they ran out of bricks and resorted to writing directly on the wall.

Through events like this, the groups involved hope to raise awareness of suicide and mental health, to provide students with several resources, and to show students they are not alone.

 
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