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For Immediate Release
September 08, 2015

IPFW and Project COMPASS to Take Part in National Suicide Prevention Week

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Suicide prevention will be brought to the forefront of campus conversation September 8–12 as Project COMPASS (COMmunity Partners Against Student Suicide) presents "Reach Out—Change a Life," a week-long effort to educate students as well as members of the community about the warning signs of suicide, such as withdrawal and mood changes.

Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry will speak at the opening ceremony,  along with officials from Veterans Affairs.

A complete list of events is as follows:

Tuesday, September 8

Adaptive Sports Day
10 a.m.–2 p.m.
WALB Classic Ballroom
Sponsored by ARMY ROTC, Women’s volleyball, Turnstone, and Military Student Services
Demonstrations in curling, fencing, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, and rowing

Gatekeeper Training
9 a.m.–noon
Kettler Hall, Room 178
Become a gatekeeper in our IPFW campus community. Contact to register. Walk-ins welcome

“In Honor and Memory of….” Opening Ceremony
Science Mall
Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry, Jorge Ortiz (regional director for U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly), Kim Wagner (chief of staff at IPFW), and representatives from the Veteran's Administration will join the campus and community to kickoff Suicide Prevention Week. Resource tables and a Mobile Vet Center will be on campus 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9

“Reach Out–Change A Life” Resource Fair
11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Walb Student Union
Campus and community resources. Enjoy live music, poetry, and spoken word. Take advantage of educational activities to learn positive coping skills

“;  Getting Beyond”
6:30–9 p.m.
International Ballroom
Steve Leapman, readjustment counselor, South Bend Vets Center, former U.S. Navy chaplain; and a distinguished veterans panel. Leapman will speak about Project Semicolon and its inspiration to move beyond crisis and live your life

Thursday, September 10

“Share A Smile” 11 a.m–2 p.m.
Science Mall
Join Active Minds student organization in constructing a “Lives Connected” paper chain. Enjoy a free snow cone and activities

Movie Night
Hosted by Student Housing
7 p.m.
Cole Clubhouse
Academy Award HBO documentary Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Join students and community members in a thought-provoking movie followed by discussion. Enjoy free popcorn and soda

Friday, September 11

9 a.m.–noon
Kettler Hall, Room G83
Become a gatekeeper in our IPFW campus community.
to register. Walk-ins welcome

Project COMPASS is a campus-wide program, but focuses on three main groups: military/veteran students, racial and ethnic minority students, and members of sexual and gender minority groups. Gatekeeper training, anti-harassment training, and educational programming are at the heart of the program, which is open to not only students, faculty, and staff, but to family members and other members of the community as well.

For more information on Project COMPASS or Suicide Prevention Week, please contact Mary Ross at 260-481-6778 or by email at