Be A HERO Suicide Prevention Day is March 1 at Bethel
McKENZIE — Be A HERO Suicide Prevention Day will take place Thursday, March 1 on the McKenzie campus of Bethel University. The event is sponsored by Bethel University along with the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network (TSPN) and Carey Counseling Center, Inc.
Rachael French Brooks, director of Career Services and Prevention at Bethel said the purpose behind Bethel’s Be a HERO Day is to help students better understand that everyday people can make a difference in the fight for suicide prevention.
“Competitions throughout the day among Bethel student organizations and Greek organizations will help students focus on ways to Be Heroes to individuals who might be considering suicide,” Brooks said. “There are actually three competitions in which students can participate.”
“The first competition involves accumulating the most hashtags on Twitter — using #TSPNHEROBU, student groups will compete throughout the day on March 1 by tweeting as many pictures as they can with other students and the Suicide Prevention Day teal/ purple ribbons.”
Brooks said teal/purple ribbons can be picked up from Career/ Prevention Services in the Vera Low Center at 8:30 a.m. on March 1. Brooks also said student groups would have until 5 p.m. on March 1 to tweet.
“Groups can also compete to see who can post the most creative hashtag picture to Twitter using #TSPNHEROBU in order to bring positive awareness to suicide prevention,” she said. “The final competition encourages student groups to wear superhero costumes and teal/purple. They will want to wear these outfits to our Be a HERO Night which begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room of the Vera Low Center.”
Brooks said the costume competition is a group event and that individual entries will not be allowed to compete. “We are encouraging group efforts,” she said. “The more who can get involved, the more awareness we will raise.”
Also, part of the Be a HERO Night event will be a performance by Slam Poet Samuel “Snacks” Hawkins. Hawkins is a poet, performer and educator as well as a community advocate who has served as a Unit Director for the Paducah, Ky., Oscar Cross Boys and Girls Club. He has conducted more than 300 live poetry performances and workshops throughout Kentucky to promote cultural understanding and responsiveness. Hawkins also shares his poetry with schools and community groups including diversity forums, cultural presentations, student and staff development, training, mentoring and tutoring students of underrepresented groups. He is a graduate of Paducah Tilghman High School and Bethel University.