ActNow: A Suicide Awareness and Prevention Event
October 28th at 3:30pm in the Gene Polisseni Center
ActNow featured speakers from the RIT and local community. They presented information about their experiences as well as resources to educate individuals on mental illness and suicide. After their presentations they came together to form a panel to answer questions posed by the audience. During ActNow there was 9 organizations in the lower concourse of the Gene Polisseni Center with educational materials on preventing future suicides and giveaway items.
ActNow touched the lives of over 300 attendees and raised over $1,500 for the local chapters of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness. We have started the dialogue both on and off campus of how we can prevent suicide and end the stigma around mental illness and suicide. We are proud to announce that we will host ActNow in 2018, check back for more details.
- To open dialogue about Mental Illness and Suicide
- To create a safe and comfortable space to ask questions about Mental Illness and Suicide
- To allow individuals to get questions answered by a professional in a judgement free setting
- Provide educational materials
- To reduce the stigma associated with Mental Illness and Suicide
- To raise awareness of the pressing issue of suicide
- Make resources available to those who want to help those in need