Purdue University Fort Wayne observing National Suicide Prevention Week

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) — Purdue Fort Wayne is observing National Suicide Prevention Week by hosting a week full of events.

University officials say every year, 1,100 college students die by suicide. This makes suicide the second-leading cause of death among college students.

The university is hoping to raise awareness of the issue by hosting events throughout the week. The events are free and open to the public.

An ongoing event the university will host is the third annual Shoes for Hope donation drive. The university is collecting 1,100 pairs of shoes, mirroring the number of college students who die by suicide each year. The shoes will be donated to several organizations. People can donate shoes at locations around campus.

Other events happening around campus Monday include:

Monday, September 9

Positive Post-It Notes: Share words of encouragement and support throughout campus. Give a supportive note for someone, take a note if you need one. At these locations:

  • Center for Women and Returning Adults, Walb Union, Room 120, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
  • Student Housing, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
  • Kettler Hall, ground floor, 10 a.m.–noon
  • IUFW Student Central, Neff Hall, Room 110, 10 a.m.–noon

Three Rivers Visiting Dogs, Walb Union, next to Java Spot, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

If you or someone you know are having suicidal thoughts contact one of the following organizations for help.

  •  National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) 
  • Crisis Text Line (US): Text HOME to 741741
  • Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255, press 1, confidential chat.
  • The TREVOR Project: Confidential support 24/7
    • TrevorLifeline 1-866-488-7386,   
    • TrevorText: text START to 678678
Jacob Burbrink

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