WSU expands suicide prevention programs

WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita State University is taking more steps to get the suicide count down to zero. This week they rolled out new programs to help students and faculty.

“We have an obligation as Wichita State University to do the very best to care for our students,” said Paula Branizor, the preventative services outreach coordinator at WSU. “What we want to do is look at where we might have gaps in coverage and fill those gaps with information.”

Now, the university can work towards that effort thanks to a grant with the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Act. The grant connects the university to several national programs for resources and has allowed them to spread their message of awareness more effectively. The nearly $300,000 grant will be used to help with outreach and ad campaigns throughout the campus, sporting the hashtag #WSUWeSupportU.

“It goes down to the core of being a good human being and caring about other people,” said Branizor, “not caring how someone got to a spot that they’re in in life, but reaching out to help them up.”

Students that need help can reach out to university services at (316) 978-3440, if it is an emergency, they’re urged to call the National Suicide Hotline at 1 (800) 273-8255.

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