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Suicide Awareness Week

Dear Billiken Companions,

I continue to be amazed by your commitment to this community and by all that you are doing to ensure the health and safety of your peers. While we have all been focused on COVID-19 prevention and your physical health and safety, I also know your mental health and safety are even more important. And that the restrictions we are living with create even bigger challenges to mental health and well-being. It’s as true for me and my friends and colleagues as it is for you and your peers.

Next week is Suicide Prevention Week at SLU. Our Campus Recreation and Wellness (CRW) team has been hard at work creating opportunities for you to take a break, take a breath, and take a moment to learn more about how we can all make a difference for our loved ones in crisis. You’ll find a flier with important information about Suicide Prevention Week activities here and on CRW Instagram or Facebook pages @slurecandwellness

Suicide has touched our SLU community before. Some of you have lost people you love to suicide. Some of you may be struggling with thoughts of suicide right now. If you need support, please ask for it. You can talk to a friend, your RA, a staff or faculty member. You can call 314-977-TALK (8255). Asking for help is a sign of strength.

I hope you know how precious you are to me and to literally every member of this community. I hope you know we see you. We love you. And we are here for you. 

With deep love for you, on behalf of the entire division of Student Development,

Debra Rudder Lohe (she/her/hers)
Interim Vice President for Student Development