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 supenders4hope.stopsuicideict.com. Go to suspenders4hope.com 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.