Date of Graduation

Spring 2019

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Major

Business and Organizational Communication - Public Relations

Research Sponsor

Julie Cajigas

First Reader

McKenna Vietmeier

Second Reader

Natacha Keramidas

Abstract

This paper reviews the planning and implementation of a suicide prevention event titled ‘Stand Up to Suicide’ held at The University of Akron in September 2018. This project was designed in response to the rising suicide crisis. After reviewing various peer-reviewed articles, communication methods, and interviewing mental-health professionals, an event was created and implemented to empower students to speak up about suicide awareness and get connected to suicide prevention resources. While an average of 123 individuals die by suicide in the United States every day, suicide is preventable. With a space to enter into the tough conversation of suicide, this event gave opportunity for students, staff and community members to unite under a message of hope. The impact of ‘Stand Up to Suicide’ ensued far beyond the event’s day and has created a forum for the participants to continue advocating for suicide prevention.

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