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Free suicide prevention training offered to students and faculty

Parker Gorman, Reporter January 31, 2024

Students and faculty can help save lives by attending a free Question, Persuade, and Refer training course offered online or in person.  This training instructs participants on how to recognize warning...

Students can now learn how to combat suicide through university’s prevention course

Alton Northup, Staff Reporter September 13, 2023

The university’s newest course prepares students to save lives. In 2021, suicide was the second leading cause of death for Ohioans ages 10-34, according to the Ohio Department of Health. In Ohio,...

For those in crisis, 988 serves as a new Portage County lifeline

For those in crisis, 988 serves as a new Portage County lifeline

Emma Andrus, Editor-in-Chief September 13, 2022

On the morning of July 16, the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline went into effect nationwide. The 24/7 helpline is a call and text service that provides anonymity as well as “free and confidential emotional...

Students at Save Lives chalk walk. (From right to left) Maura Reali, SMFHS student; McKenna Dunn, SMFHS student; Gabriel Goding, Kent State psychology major; Madi Dunn, SMFHS student; and Rheagan Gabanyie, SMFHS student.

Downtown Kent gets covered in chalk for Students Save Lives chalk walk

Chloe Zofchak Reporter April 25, 2021

Colorful pictures and powerful messages found themselves all over the sidewalk in Downtown Kent Sunday morning to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Beginning at 9 a.m., Julia Hallgren, a local high...

Poster for suicide prevention, reading, “Students can save lives.”

Local high school senior starts Students Save Lives chalk walk

Brynne Mann Reporter April 22, 2021

A local high school senior, Julia Hallgren, hosts the first Students Save Lives chalk walk this Sunday to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. The in-person chalk walk was created by Hallgren...

Emily France uses color pencils to color during a destress activity. 

Student organization Active Minds fights against finals week stressors

The Active Minds event welcomed Kent students, staff and faculty to Bowman Hall on Dec. 2. for its meditation event.The hour-long event briefly included a 15 minute meditation with the Director of Kent...

Kayla Marker looking at scenery in Gatlinburg, TN, her favorite place, “where I felt most calm and fell in love with the mountains,” July 2018. 

Active Minds president shares her story on struggles with mental health

Becca Sagaris Health reporter November 11, 2019

Editorial Note: The story below contains content that may be difficult for some readers, with topics of physical and emotional abuse.Kayla Marker, a junior psychology and criminal justice major, likes...

Active Minds scares away stigma of mental illness

Kent State’s Active Minds chapter taught students how Halloween can be triggering at its event, Scare Away Stigma, on Tuesday. Halloween can be a time of fun while dressing up with friends and going...

A student is taking notes at the Active Minds meeting on September 10, 2019. The largest group of students made an appearance at the first meeting of the new school year to participate in the National Suicide Prevention day stimulation.

Active Minds holds suicide prevention training

Ryanne Locker September 10, 2019

With 64 percent of college students dropping out due to mental illness, a Kent State organization, Active Minds, held an event Tuesday about warning signs of suicidal tendencies and how to intervene...

Veteran Services hosts suicide prevention training

Samantha Meisenburg February 10, 2016

The Center for Adult and Veteran Services (CAVS) held its annual Peer Mentor Suicide Prevention Training with psychologists Pamela Farer-Singleton and Pamela J. Wind leading the event. “Our main goal...

Taking steps to aid veterans and mental health

Lauren Phillips September 13, 2015

September is national suicide awareness month. An estimate of 22 U.S. veterans will commit suicide a day, according to The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA). Kent State University is a top military-friendly...

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Opinion: Never be ashamed of your depression

Bruce Walton April 22, 2015

Depending on how well you may know me, you might be surprised that I suffer from mild depression. It comes and goes: Sometimes it’s as short as half a day, but sometimes it stretches into weeks or months...

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