ICYMI: The Semicolon Project raises suicide and mental health awareness

A board was made available for students and attendees to pin letters to the deceased. | Greg Fails/The Cougar

A letter written to Uncle Jim was one of the items pinned in the board by students. | Greg Fails/The Cougar

While news crews broadcasted debate coverage from the lawn in front of Cullen Performance Hall last week, a more somber gathering took place only a few hundred yards away.

Students and faculty from various housing and student health organizations gathered at Butler Plaza to raise awareness for suicide and mental health issues. The event was in conjunction with with Project Semicolon, an international project aimed at reducing suicide and erasing stigmas against mental health issues.

The Cougar attended to hear testimonials and talk to attendees about how suicide has affected them.

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  • The Project Semi-Colon Memorial Wall will remain on campus for the duration of the semester. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to add contributions to keep the awareness growing! The wall is currently located in the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center.

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