Preventing suicide focus of week at IPFW

| September 18, 2013
The Rev. Angela Shannon (right), interim pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church ELCA in Angola, anoints the head of the Rev. Christopher Riley of the IPFW Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs during the “Rising Above” healing service Sept. 11 in Alumni Plaza on the IPFW campus. (Photo: Nikki Tabron-Booker)

The Rev. Angela Shannon (right), interim pastor of Calvary Lutheran Church ELCA in Angola, anoints the head of the Rev. Christopher Riley of the IPFW Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs during the “Rising Above” healing service Sept. 11 in Alumni Plaza on the IPFW campus. (Photo: Nikki Tabron-Booker)

FORT WAYNE—The “Rising Above” healing service took place Sept. 11 in IPFW Alumni Plaza on campus. The service was one of a number of events the university scheduled during Suicide Prevention Week, Sept. 9 through Sept. 13.

The service also included a balloon release to honor memories of lost loved ones. The program—a collaboration of the IPFW Project COMPASS: Community Partners Against Student Suicide, in partnership with the Office of Student Affairs, IPFW Center for Healthy Living Campus Clinic and Wellness Programs, IPFW/Parkview Student Assistance Program, Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Center for Women and Returning Adults, IPFW Peer Educators, the Military Student Services Office, and The Resource Center for LGBTQ Students—was designed not only to promote healing of individuals and families impacted by the loss of a loved one through suicide, but also to discuss issues that can contribute to driving people to hopelessness and taking their own lives.

In addition to the healing service, the week also included and information fair with various campus and community groups making presentations; monologues and readings by IPFW Theatre Arts students and faculty addressing suicide, loss, adversity, bullying and harassment, and a panel discussion facilitated by the Office of Institutional Equity dubbed “I know it when I see it,” addressing homophobia, sexism, racism and more.

 

This article originally appeared in the Sept. 18 print edition.

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