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‘Yell(ow) It Out’ Events Raise Suicide Awareness

Making a powerful visual statement, 22 Penn College veterans represent the number of servicemen and women lost to suicide each day.
Making a powerful visual statement, 22 Penn College veterans represent the number of servicemen and women lost to suicide each day.
Gwendolyn A. Ntim, a health arts: practical nursing emphasis major from Yonkers, New York, delivers a rendition of the national anthem, surrounded by members of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity.
Gwendolyn A. Ntim, a health arts: practical nursing emphasis major from Yonkers, New York, delivers a rendition of the national anthem, surrounded by members of the Omega Delta Sigma veterans fraternity.
Sporting T-shirts proclaiming, "I've got your back," the motto of the Aevidum suicide-prevention organization, the Wildcat men's team lines up at pregame.
Sporting T-shirts proclaiming, “I’ve got your back,” the motto of the Aevidum suicide-prevention organization, the Wildcat men’s team lines up at pregame.
Outlasting Anthony D. Gobbi, a building automation technology major from Haymarket, Virginia, in a half-time "knockout" game is Jordan A. Courter, of Mill Hall, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration student who took home a Sheetz gift card.
Outlasting Anthony D. Gobbi, a building automation technology major from Haymarket, Virginia, in a half-time “knockout” game is Jordan A. Courter, of Mill Hall, an applied health studies: occupational therapy assistant concentration student who took home a Sheetz gift card.

The Penn College community, which has been deeply affected by a startling number of lives lost in the past two years, held two “Yell(ow) It Out” events to raise suicide awareness and spread a message of hope. Yellow ribbons were sold to benefit Aevidium, a suicide-prevention organization whose name translates as “I got your back,” and employees and students were encouraged to wear ribbons and other yellow clothing to Friday’s men’s and women’s basketball doubleheader in Bardo Gym, co-sponsored by Student Affairs and the Student Nurses’ Association.  In addition to support of Wildcat teams and distribution of educational materials, the evening included a visual display by veteran students and faculty.  The group showed the power of 22, gathering on the court to represent the number of veterans’ lives lost to suicide every day. If you or someone you know is considering hurting themselves, please call Counseling Services at 570-327-4765 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Photos by Zachery T. Kane, student photographer