Sorority Hosts Suicide Awareness Event

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The Nu Epsilon Omega sorority will hold its first annual Suicide Awareness Walk on Sunday, April 6 at 6 p.m. at the SHU football field, as part of the annual suicide awareness week it has sponsored since 1999.

“Suicide is something that is prevalent among college students and is something people often overlook,” said Nicole Carrea, one of Nu Epsilon Omega’s 15 sisters. “It’s the second-leading cause of death among college students.”

The sorority was awarded a $2,000 grant through the Connecticut Youth Suicide Prevention Initiative to hold the event, which will begin at the university track with a candlelight vigil. Participants will then have an opportunity to walk around the track in a “celebration of lives” to raise both awareness and money.

“You would never know that there are so many people around you that have been affected by it,” Carrea said.

A DJ will play songs at the event. Several information booths sponsored by SHU groups will be available with statistics and resources. There will also be a raffle for restaurant gift certificates and other goods and services donated by local businesses. All funds raised go to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

The sorority has already raised $1,000. They expect up to 500 students and community residents to attend the event. Donations will be accepted at the event or contact Jane Sanders, director of Greek Life and Leadership Programs, at 203-396-8286.

“By raising awareness, we want to educate people about the resources available to them,” Carrea said. “For people on the Sacred Heart Campus who may need assistance, there are various groups that are available, including the counseling center.”

Nu Epsilon Omega was founded as a service organization in 1978 by 11 women who were dedicated to improving the quality of life on the Sacred Heart University campus. The sorority was re-activated in 1999 after brief hiatus. Since then, it has sponsored several events on campus. The sorority’s two causes are domestic violence awareness and suicide awareness.

The walk is open to both the SHU community and the public. For additional information, please contact Jane Sanders or send an email to nuepsilonomega@yahoo.com.