The Suicide Awareness Walk is an event that is the brainchild of a TWC Psi Chi member who has experienced the tragedy of a loved one's suicide firsthand.
“The reason I support this event and cause is I had an experience that forever changed my life,” said Eddie Jones, the campus involvement officer for Psi Chi, TWC’s psychology national honor society. “This is something that needs to be given its due attention.’
Hoping to motivate others to be open, aware, and ready to take action, the college’s Psi Chi members decided to take this important message to their TWC classmates and peers.
“Students at TWC are encouraged to learn about social concerns and lead through action,” said Dr. Kerry Towler, the Psi Chi chapter faculty sponsor and TWC assistant professor of psychology. “The student members of the Psi Chi chapter are leading by taking action for this cause."
Saturday’s Suicide Awareness Walk will begin with a sharing opportunity for individuals who have lost someone to suicide to tell their stories, and will be followed by speaker Linda Garza, who will share information about suicide warning signs and speaker Scott Packett who will discuss suicide hotlines.
After the sharing and speakers, attendees will take a group picture and join together in a walk around the Tennessee Wesleyan campus.
For those interested, the Psi Chi chapter members will accept love offerings to benefit the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.
A Remembrance Table will be available for attendees who would like to bring memorial items such as pictures and special mementos of lost loved ones.
A Write-A-Memory table will provide bandanas printed with yellow suicide awareness ribbons for those who wish to write personal messages to carry with them along the walk.
For more information about the Suicide Awareness Walk, contact Dr. Kerry Towler by phone at 423-746-5257 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.