UCF's Counseling and Psychological Services and Student Government Association showed their support for National Suicide Prevention Awareness month on Memory Mall Thursday.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., students on campus were stopped and encouraged to participate in the "Be Aware, Show You Care: Field of Memories" event. Personal and inspirational messages were written on yellow flags and placed in the ground on Memory Mall to reflect on the impact of suicide on college and university communities across the nation.
“We lose a good number of people to suicide each year,” said Tiffany Misra, a licensed psychologist at CAPS. “We try to do this to raise awareness for suicide prevention.”
CAPS therapy dog Bodhi also made an appearance to help support the event and raise awareness.
Karen Hofmann, a psychologist and director of CAPS who held Bodhi throughout the event, said 25 percent of people struggle with mental illness, and college students have the highest risk of attempting suicide.
"This is a way to bring them out of the dark and into the light," Hofmann said.
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