Western offering Sources of Strength training Sept. 7

Western offering Sources of Strength training Sept. 7

Aug 20, 2018

Western Colorado University will play host to an all-day training in Sources of Strength on Friday, Sept 7. The 9 a.m.-5 p.m. event in the University Center North Ballroom is designed to support the implementation of a new evidence-based suicide prevention program—a.k.a. Sources—on the Western campus for the 2018-19 academic year.

According to the American Journal of Public Health, “Sources of Strength is the first suicide prevention program involving peer leaders to enhance protective factors associated with reducing suicide at the school population level.”

Sources is a community initiative that has been written into the Gunnison County Substance Abuse Prevention Project’s strategic plan and supports the strategic plan of Gunnison County, the City of Gunnison, Western and the RE1J School District. The goal of Sources at Western is to implement the program in all schools across Gunnison County.

"I am incredibly excited to be a part of Western’s Sources of Strength team this year," said incoming Western freshman Naiya Budler of Colorado Springs. "Sources of Strength is such an amazing group of people with dreams to create a world where mental health is seen as something that is just as important as physical health.

"It is a place where students, teachers and community members can come together to help each other face issues regarding mental health. It is an opportunity for discussion and out-of-the-box thinking. A place for brainstorming and problem-solving. Most of all it is a source of hope for people of all walks of life. I am beyond thrilled to be part of such an awesome program and I am very excited to see all that it will accomplish."

All Western students, staff, faculty and Gunnison community members are welcome to attend the training free of charge. Participants will receive breakfast, lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

“This will be a highly interactive and engaging training,” said Western director of student health and wellness Scott Cantril. “This training is truly about bringing together a group of people who have the desire to serve others and impact the student experience. We have a diverse group of peer leaders, who are students, and adult advisors who are committed and passionate about this project. I can’t wait to see what they’re able to accomplish this year and years to come.”

The day will have a host of interactive activities, games, energizers, storytelling opportunities and information sharing. If you’re interested in attending the training, please contact Cantril at scantril@western.edu.