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Important Suicide Prevention Film to be Presented at USM

Thu, 08/31/2023 - 07:03am | By: Van Arnold

Student Counseling Services at The University of Southern Mississippi (USM) is partnering with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host a short film presentation titled, “It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health” on Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 3 p.m. in the University Union Room A on the Hattiesburg campus.

The special event is being held in conjunction with September’s designation as Suicide Awareness Month. “It’s Real” follows six students who wrestled with mental health concerns, sought treatment, and found their own sense of balance. It encourages students to be mindful of the state of their mental health, to acknowledge and recognize when they are struggling, and to take steps to seek help.

This short documentary is designed to raise awareness about mental health issues commonly experienced by students. It is appropriate for all students, staff, and faculty.

“College is an important point of transition in a person’s life and may feel overwhelming. Through the powerful, real-life stories told by six students, the film offers a deeper understanding of the struggles many have adjusting to college life as they manage stress and cope with common mental health challenges such as anxiety and depression – in each case, connecting to a support network and/or mental health services to get the help they needed,” said Brittany Quito, Mental Wellness Outreach Coordinator, Student Counseling Services at USM.

She adds: “Shame and fear often prevent students from seeking help, even when they know about available services and support. Through this film, AFSP hopes to reach other students, and communicate that they are not alone, and that it’s okay to ask for help.”

Snacks will be provided and a Q&A session will follow the screening. Those wanting to attend must reserve a seat.