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Release No. COC-05.01.17-ShineALight
May 1, 2017

College to 'Shine a Light' on Suicide Prevention & Awareness

The College of the Canyons Student Health & Wellness Center will host its annual "Shine A Light" Suicide Prevention & Awareness event designed to provide students and community members with access to important mental health resources, while bringing attention to the staggering amount of college students who die by suicide each year.

The two-day event is scheduled 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, May 9 and 10, in the Honor Grove at the Valencia campus.

At the event staff from the college’s Student Health & Wellness Center and other local mental health agencies will be present to distribute information about suicide prevention/awareness, coping with depression and how to access other key mental health care resources, both on campus and in the community.

As a visual representation of the social issue of suicide, the Honor Grove will also be filled with 1,100 paper lanterns — each representing a college student that has lost their life to suicide in the United States during the past year.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, mental health providers will be positioned at the campus’ flagpole to provide resources and support. Flashlights with the National Suicide Lifeline will also be distributed. 

In addition, guest speaker Dr. Mark Goulston, a suicide expert, mentor, writer and coach, will deliver his keynote “Breaking Through to a Suicidal Mind” from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in Aliso Hall, Room 108. Goulston’s presentation will focus on suicide awareness and prevention. 

These events are made possible with grant funding provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. For more information, call (661) 362-3259 or follow the link below.