Flags planted at UAA for Suicide Prevention Week

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ANCHORAGE, KTUU On the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, a small green hill in Cuddy Quad has been dubbed 'helper hill'. It’s Suicide Prevention week on campus and helper hill is covered with small flags made by students, each with the name or title of someone special, “Someone who has helped them throughout their lifetime or is currently helping them when they are having difficult times.” said UAA Health Educator Betty Bang.

Some carry the names of friends or pets, but many just say “mom.” By mid-day Tuesday there were over 130. “It sends a good message that help is available,” said Bang. UAA is reaching out to students, informing them of the resources available on campus if they’re going through a difficult time.

“While they move forward and attempt to be successful in college, things can pile up and if we don’t take care of stressors in our lives they can become worse and bigger,” said the Director of UAA’s Student Health and Counseling Center Georgia Dekeyser.

The National Suicide Prevention Resource Fair will take place Wednesday at the Rasmuson Hall from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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