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Suicide Prevention Week

By: Louis Armendariz

Suicide isn’t something you and your friends simply talk about. How exactly can you go about saying, “Oh, hey! The weather’s been funky lately. Have you thought about suicide today?” It’s awkward, I know. I have been in this situation too many times and have never really thought about what I should say or why me? As members of the Tejas Club at UT, my peers and I have recently faced an unexpected occurrence. One minute, we’re hanging out with Bobby (the seemingly happiest guy on earth) and the next minute, he’s gone. We shouldn’t blame ourselves for something like this, but there is a question that always comes to mind — “what if?”

There is a cold hard truth and no easy way of saying that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students. Thing is, Bobby McCurdy wasn’t just a statistic. Bobby was like you and me, but he made the wrong decision. I strongly encourage you to look into the information below. Your actions may very well enable you to some day “Be that one.”

The University has a well established suicide prevention program, entitled “Be That One,” which advocates suicide prevention through education, outreach, and peer support. The University’s efforts in preventing suicide include its annual Suicide Prevention Week — All details regarding this can be found at the Counseling and Mental Health Center (CMHC) website: www.cmhc.utexas.edu/bethatone.

As official supporters of the week, Student Government will be hosting a “Be That One” Suicide Prevention Workshop in conjunction with the CMHC TODAY (Sep 21) from 12-1 p.m. at SAC 1.106. FREE food and drinks will be provided. We welcome any and all students to attend.

The 1st annual Robert McCurdy Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Sunday September 25th to celebrate the life of our amazing friend Robert (Bobby) McCurdy. The tournament will be hosted at Harvey Penick Golf Campus and includes 9-holes, range balls, a fajita buffet, and beer for only $50. Email McCurdymemorial@gmail.com to reserve your spot. Please include preferred tee time and foursome. Checks can be made payable to Robert R. McCurdy Scholarship Fund.

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