University launches campus suicide prevention initiative

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With featured messages from those actually living with thoughts of ending their lives, the University of Windsor has produced an outreach video and developed a new suicide prevention website for its campus community.

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“We want anyone who is living with thoughts of suicide to know that support is available and that there are many people on campus who are holding onto hope for them and who believe they are worth fighting for,” said Katie Chauvin, mental health and wellness coordinator with the university’s student health, counselling and wellness services.

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The ‘It Matters That You’re Here’ initiative, including the video, will be formally launched at a breakfast next Tuesday as part of the local university’s Campus Mental Health Day. Chauvin said the hope is that, going forward, the initiative “will deliver the right words at the right time in a way that resonates with those who need it most.”

In a statement, the university describes the initiative as a resource to support campus community members seeking help, hope and healing. There will also be an on-campus poster campaign featuring QR codes that can be scanned for immediate access to free and confidential mental health services, including 24/7 crisis supports.

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