Stony Brook University students, faculty and staff gathered at the SAC Plaza on Sept. 29 for the fourth annual Walk of Hope, hosted by the Center for Prevention and Outreach to raise mental health awareness during National Suicide Prevention Month.
The Center for Prevention and Outreach launched two programs named “Let’s Talk” and “Resilience, Empowerment, Access, Care and Healing Groups” for SBU students to connect with counselors and peers concerning their mental health and emotional needs.
Glenn McKay quietly sat on a chair and took a moment to himself. Four of McKay’s peers and his supervisor waited for him to perform his monologue, but he had just spent the last few minutes laughing about an old improv memory, and his monologue was serious. He had to get into character.
The Center for Prevention and Outreach (CPO) asked senior English major and jazz minor, Salvatore Fratto, to play a song at a rally in the Student Activities Center before the second annual “Walk of Hope.”
Fernandez, a senior psychology major, took issue with the fact that these surveys did not evaluate students’ awareness of available resources. She also criticized CAPS for not doing everything in its power to support PMHA and other student-led mental health groups.