Filed under Campus Life, Showcase

Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

Back to Article
Back to Article

Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






September is suicide awareness month and, in conjunction with this awareness period, the SFU Counseling Center hosted a viewing of a documentary titled “It’s Real” on Sept. 18.

“Our hope is that it helps to educate students, to help them dismiss the stigma surrounding mental health issues,” said Sue Obarsky, Assistant Director of the University Counseling Center. “Just kind of normalizing the experience of depression and anxiety and suicidal thoughts.”

The film began with college students telling their stories of the difficulties of transitioning to college – these transitions made them feel alone and depressed.

SFU students are encouraged to visit SFU’s Counseling Center if they experience these kinds of feelings.

“We want students to become aware of the resources at the counseling center,” said Obarsky.

At the end of the film, a speaker from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention spoke about his own experiences. “Sean” is a two-time survivor of suicide attempts.

He gave a very inspirational speech outlining how people can help others. He also spoke about how the role of gender and expectations can exact a toll on teens.

“Our mental health, physical health and spiritual health are all one in the same,” he said. “They all support each other and they can all distract from each other.

“If we’re not taking care of any of those areas, we can be negatively affected in other areas.”

Mental Health Awareness Month events run through the end of September. This includes a walk around the mall and a candlelight vigil for those who have been affected by suicide. This event will be hosted by Residence Life.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Leave a Comment

If you want a picture to show with your comment, go get a gravatar.




Navigate Left
  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    Campus Ministry hosts discussion on love and marriage

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    University celebrates Chinese New Year: The Year of the Pig

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    SFU hosts Shakespeare Competition

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    Happy Birthday Charles Schwab!

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    University hosts sixth annual March on the Mountain

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    Makeover of JFK to begin soon

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    Full slate of activities for SGA in spring semester

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    Debate Team competes at Ethics Bowl

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    Amplify Church to Visit Campus, Dec. 3

  • Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month

    Campus Life

    SFU students share their Christmas favorites

Navigate Right
Counseling Center hosts screening as part of Suicide Awareness Month