Hawkeye Community College is hosting a series of events in conjunction with Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September.
Don’t Let them Walk Alone–September 12-14 From September 12-14, the campus will again present the “Don’t Let Them Walk Alone” suicide awareness display, with pairs of shoes lining the courtyard to represent the 1,100 college students who die by suicide in the U.S. each year. Among the shoes will be stories about suicide, depression, and other mental health issues facing college students.
Suicide Awareness Walk and Presentation–September 13 Troy Belmer and Ryan Nesbit, cofounders of Alive and Running, will speak on the outdoor stage of Brock Student Center on Wednesday, September 13, at 12:00 PM. Alive and Running, a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention, was created in 2010 in memory of Rodger Dos, Belmer and Nesbit’s friend who was lost to suicide during in high school. They will be joined on stage by three college students who have been impacted by suicide and depression. Before and after the presentation, guests are invited to participate in a walk around the campus courtyard at 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM. All attendees will receive a “Don’t Let Them Walk Alone” wristband.
For more information on these activities, contact the Student Life office at 319-296-4027.