Lynx Connected at CU Denver
Lyndsay Mclaren, a practicum student at the CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center, and Kyle Woodson, a center intern, at a "Lynx Connected" event at Campus Village.

CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center and the Office of Health Promotion and Outreach have launched a campaign designed to empower students, staff and faculty in learning about risk factors of suicide and ways to help someone who might be struggling.

The campaign, titled “Lynx Connected,” centers around suicide prevention awareness (September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month) and features, through Oct. 4, a series of events, speakers, trainings and pop-up chats. The campaign is aimed to help students who may be having a difficult time, said Brittany Bouffard, outreach/prevention coordinator and psychotherapist at the CU Denver Student and Community Counseling Center.

All events are free:

  • Monday, Oct. 2, 3-4 p.m., Tivoli Multicultural Room: “Masculinities and the Mind” – A panel will talk about the spectrum of masculinity and male identity as it relates to daily life, mental health and interactions in the world. Discussion to follow.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 3, 9-11 a.m., Boettcher Conference Room (first floor, Student Commons Building): “Life’s a Mixed Bag. What’s in Yours? DIY Breakfast and Screenings” – Come blaze your trail for the day with the CU Denver Counseling Center. Make your own breakfast trail mix and check in with a stress and mood screening.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 4, 9-10 a.m., Boettcher Conference Room (first floor, Student Commons Building): “QPR: Question, Persuade, Refer Training” – QPR is an interactive one-hour training about skills for supporting peers and students toward suicide prevention. Open to students, staff and faculty. RSVP here.
  • Also, be on the lookout for “Coffee Conversations” – enjoy free coffee and a T-shirt by sitting to talk with a fellow student you’ve never met! Chat for a few minutes about classes and life, to remember how striking up a chat is a great way to connect.
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