Become mental health support advocate

The COVID-19 pandemic has elevated awareness of the importance of mental health. In honor of National Suicide Prevention Week Sept. 5-11, support your peers both in and out of the classroom by becoming a Suspenders4Hope mental health advocate. You can also spread the message of mental health support in several ways.

  • Join us at 8 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11 in front of the Rhatigan Student Center for the inaugural Suspenders4Hope Run for Hope and 1-mile Walk in Honor to benefit StopSuicideICT. Find more information about registering a team and donating at
  • Go to and complete the Preventing Suicide Training to help give you more tools for supporting those who may be struggling.
  • Follow, like and share @suspenders4hope to help the message of hope reach our community.
  • Wear a suspenders shirt as a visual display of your support for mental health and to help decrease mental health stigma. Shirts are available at the Shocker Store. Wear them often, especially on Fridays.
  • Be sure to tag @suspenders4Hope and use the use #WeSupportU in your suspender shirt selfies.

If you or anyone you know is in crisis, and you need to speak with a crisis counselor, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24 hours a day. Asking for help is a sign of strength.