Southeastern Missouri State University Behavioral Health and Accessibility Center will host a health and wellness resource fair on September 8 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to mark National Suicide Prevention Month.
The fair will showcase campus organizations, departments and community partners with information, resources and interactions that support physical and mental health.
Training programs, personal anxiety and body image assessments, and STI (sexually transmitted infections) testing will be offered at the event.
“We want them [attendants] to have information that will encourage healthy behaviors and prospects for well-being. We want to let students know what resources are available to them, and that’s kind of the subtitle of the event, the campus, and the community. available, ”said John Nimmo, advisor at the Center for Behavioral Health and Accessibility.
Nimmo explained that the department has chosen this year’s theme “SEMO STRONG… Campus and community” in reaction to the cancellation of the show in 2020 due to the pandemic.
“The word is an acronym for words – safe, empowered, motivated and optimistic, and therefore we try to encourage a more positive attitude or a more assertive attitude for our students, after all that we have been through,” said Nimmo . “I know it’s not over, we still have challenges, but we kind of want to introduce the theme of mutual support, mutual encouragement.”
The department will also encourage students to participate in their online suicide prevention trainings at asklistenrefer.org/semo in honor of September being Suicide Prevention Month.
“It encourages students who know how to ask if someone needs help, and are able to listen effectively and then be able to direct them to the services they might need,” said Nimmo. “We want to recognize that students who practice spectator intervention or who perform acts have taken some responsibility towards their peers, to encourage their peers to make the best choices for their own safety,” Nimmo said.
The fair will be held on September 8 in the third floor lobby and program lounge at the University Center. All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. Face covers are mandatory.