COLLEGE STATION, Texas (CW39) — Texas A & M University is no stranger to helping students. And when students are in need, the university makes it a priority to help. That’s why the university once again is putting a major spot light on suicide prevention.
Texas A&M University is marking its sixth annual “Not Another Aggie: Suicide Awareness Month” with a new Aggie Football gameday observance of World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) on Sept. 10. The goal, to unite thousands of Aggies in support of suicide loss survivors and individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression.
Representatives from the Suicide Awareness & Prevention Office (SAPO) will offer purple-and-teal awareness ribbons and additional resources during the showdown between Texas A&M and Appalachian State University at Kyle Field.
The Centers for Disease Control lists suicide as the 12th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading cause of death in people aged 10-34. This makes suicide awareness and prevention a critical cause at Texas A&M and a natural rallying point for Aggies, said Dr. Santana Simple, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) assistant director of suicide prevention.
“Suicide awareness and prevention really aligns with Aggie core values of who we are how we view ourselves as a university and as an Aggie family,” Simple said. SAPO historically spearheads Suicide Awareness Month with its founding event: the Suicide Awareness Walk Challenge, a four-week virtual competition hosted in collaboration with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s “Walk Through Texas History” program. It features a virtual route highlighting Texas A&M System schools’ counseling centers and suicide awareness and prevention initiatives.
This year’s Suicide Awareness Month launches with a Sept. 7 kickoff, during which walk participants may march together in support of suicide awareness and prevention. Walk participants may register at howdyhealth.org
For Counseling & Psychological Services Director Dr. Mary Ann Covey, the walk’s dual virtual and in-person format combines the best of Suicide Awareness Month with the far-reaching, enduring spirit of Texas A&M. “It brings together the community in a way that no other event does for suicide awareness,” Covey said. “It’s a way to reach students we previously wouldn’t have reached.”
Over the course of the month, additional events will include awareness and prevention training opportunities. For more information about suicide awareness and prevention initiatives at Texas A&M and for a complete calendar of Suicide Awareness Month events, visit CAPS online.