Nov. 7-11: Suicide Awareness Week

| November 2, 2011

Webster University students, with the guidance of several faculty and staff, have arranged a Suicide Awareness Week Nov. 7 – 11, dedicated to sending supportive messages to those who are battling depression or suicidal thoughts. The week will include events aimed to help those faced with depression, as well as seminars on what to do if you know someone who is expressing suicidal tendencies. These events are open to the public.

Monday, Nov. 7

Candlelight Ceremony

7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Quad (in case of rain, UC Sunnen Lounge)

A ceremony to acknowledge those we have been lost to suicide. If you would like to submit the name of someone you have lost, submit the name to At the service, we will recall the people we lost and the light they left behind.  With their light, we will work through the week and beyond to help those who continue to suffer.

Tuesday, Nov. 8

What To Do Seminar: 12-1 p.m., UC Presentation Room

Counseling Services will provide information on what to do when someone expresses a desire to kill him or herself. Also addressed will be the resources available locally, regionally and nationally, and what to do in the event of a suicide.

SAW Video Love Letter Filmin: 3:30 – 6 p.m., GTV Television Studio; 8 – 11:30 p.m., UC Presentation Room

GTV has graciously offered to film students, faculty and staff offer their own words of encouragement, victories over depression, and how suicide has affected them.  After filming, videos will post online at our website for students to find.

For additional details on the event, see  To make an appointment to be filmed, email us at

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Mason Gaddis Scholarship Hotdog Donation Table: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Marletto’s Marketplace

Mason Gaddis was a great friend, brother and son. While he was alive, he sold hotdogs in the Delmar Loop to make money. Whenever you saw him, he would always be smiling. Help remember that smile and life through a hotdog sale in conjunction with Marletto’s Marketplace. A table will be set up to ask for donations and explain the significance of the hotdogs. Donations will go to support the scholarship set up in Mason’s honor to benefit Audio Production majors.

LGBTQ Alliance Red Carpet Night: 9:30 p.m., UC Presentation Room

Webster’s LGBTQ Alliance will present its “It Gets Better” video project, which speaks on the epidemic of suicide in the LGBTQ community and what people can do to help. There will be an open discussion afterward.

Thursday, Nov. 10

Movie and Speaker Event 6 – 9 p.m., Sunnen Lounge

The night will begin with a presentation by speakers Marian McCord and Linda Holtzman. Marian founded CHADS Coalition with her husband, Larry, in memory of her son Chad. Chad was a senior in high school when he took his own life in 2004. Speaking alongside of her will be Linda Holtzman, communications professor at Webster University. Linda’s daughter, Dora, committed suicide when she was in her fourth year of college.

The movie “Its Kinda of A Funny Story” will be shown at 7 p.m. The film stars Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, and Zach Galifianakis. For a description of the film, see our website.

Friday, Nov. 11

A Day of Reflection All Day, Across Campus

Students can reflect on the events and purpose of Suicide Awareness Week. We invite everyone to email us, message us on Facebook, etc. and tell the world what they learned and what they will do moving forward to spread awareness about suicide and depression.

For more information about events and the week’s mission, please visit:

For a list of sponsors and volunteers please visit:


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