CCC Holds First Training in Depression/Suicide Awareness Campaign

2014-04-02 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations - Brittany Davis, Assistant Director; (662) 621-4061 - bdavis@coahomacc.eduBookmark and Share

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College has officially kicked off its campaign to increase depression and suicide awareness on campus recently with the first of several trainings being held as part of the college’s new Depression/Suicide Awareness Program (DSAP).

CCC’s Educational Outreach faculty and staff learned about the important topic during the training held Saturday in the Whiteside Hall lecture room. The training was facilitated by Renee’ Sanford, Program Director for CCC’s DSAP, and Licensed Professional Counselor Don Desper served as the guest speaker. Desper is well known for developing the “Just Tell” program in Aniak, AK, where he successfully reduced the suicide rate by 85 percent.

Sanford said CCC is now one step closer to reaching it’s goal to increase suicide and depression awareness among CCC faculty, staff and students by May 2014.

“The Educational Outreach faculty and staff are now up to speed on the symptoms and warning signs of suicide and common misconceptions,” said Sanford. “I can never thank Mrs. Cynthia Williams-Roberson (one of the program’s committee members) enough for assisting me and making the workshop a success. I could not have done it without her.”

The next training is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, in the Whiteside Hall Lecture Room. This training session will be highlighted by Marc Fomby, CEO and founder of FTC Prevention Services in Pearl, MS.

DSAP is made possible through a mini grant between the Morehouse School of Medicine and CCC and is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to perform work under the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health Project.