Psychology Club Promotes Suicide Awareness

by Elizabeth Jonson | Mar 09, 2018
Psychology Club hosting Talk Saves Lives, SafeTalk and Out of Darkness Walk events.

LSUA’s Psychology Club has decided to fight suicide head on under the direction of Dr. Cynthia Thomas, Associate Professor of Psychology. On March 15 from noon - 1 p.m. in the Coughlin Hall Auditorium, the Club will host a Talk Saves Lives event. Talk Saves Lives is an introduction to suicide prevention that covers the general scope of suicide and explains ways to fight suicide. When considering LSUA’s student population, the suicide rates for Evangeline Parish (20.89 percent), Avoyelles Parish (17.6 percent), Livingston Parish (16.67 percent), Pointe Coupee Parish (16.56 percent) and St. Landry Parish (15.8 percent) are all well above the national average (13.26 percent). According the most recent LSUA data, 70.06 percent of our student population hail from these parishes. Due to these numbers, the Club has decided to take serious preventative action.

The Psychology Club and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are also hosting a SafeTalk on April 6 from noon- 3 p.m. at the BCM. SafeTALK is a training that prepares anyone over the age of 15 to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resources. This training is being offered by the Louisiana Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. To participate in the training, anyone interested must register by choosing the appropriate link and make a commitment to stay the entire three hours.  Registration for this event is mandatory and can be accessed at . This event is free and open to the community.

Another major event the Psychology Club is hosting is the Out of the Darkness Walk on April 14. The money raised from the walk is used to pay for all events associated with this campaign. LSUA, in addition to the community, benefits from the money that raised. Click on the following link to register for the walk