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Yell(ow) It Out prompts public discourse on private struggles


Yellow ribbons, T-shirts and banners provided a vibrant contrast to the wintry landscape – and a vital symbol of support – as the Penn College community raised its collective voice for suicide prevention. In the annual Yell(ow) It Out observance, all were encouraged to wear the appropriate color and post on social media using the #pcthope hashtag to show their solidarity. Resource tables were located across campus providing information on suicide prevention and education. Ribbons and T-shirts were available, and students wrote messages on flags that will be displayed outdoors. The observance also included QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training for students and employees, empowering them to intercede when they notice someone experiencing depression or having potentially suicidal thoughts. The effort attracted the attention of WNEP’s Kristina Papa, who compiled a news segment that debuted at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.

– Photos provided by Trisha M. Temple, coordinator of student activities-programming, and Amy S. Lingg, Dining Services’ marketing assistant

Civil engineering technology major and student leader Alexis J. Medero, staffing a table outside the Keystone Dining Room, is visited by a supportive college mascot.
Civil engineering technology major and student leader Alexis J. Medero, staffing a table outside the Keystone Dining Room, is visited by a supportive college mascot.

Student Activities representatives, attired accordingly, surround a Yell(ow)-It-Out table in the Bush Campus Center.
Student Activities representatives, attired accordingly, surround a Yell(ow)-It-Out table in the Bush Campus Center.

Yellow ribbons, tied to campus trees in advance of Tuesday's storm, offer a beacon of hope.
Yellow ribbons, tied to campus trees in advance of Tuesday’s storm, offer a beacon of hope.

Support from Dining Services staff was very much in evidence at campus dining units, including the KDR team.
Support from Dining Services staff was very much in evidence at campus dining units, including the KDR team.

The Wildcat joins students Madison L. Kistler (left), a surveying technology major from Kutztown, and Kayla M. Spotts, of Shamokin, enrolled in business administration: sport and event management concentration.
The Wildcat joins students Madison L. Kistler (left), a surveying technology major from Kutztown, and Kayla M. Spotts, of Shamokin, enrolled in business administration: sport and event management concentration.

Helping the 'cat enlighten Madigan Library patrons are (from left) Tanner J. Layne, an information assurance and cyber security student from Chesapeake, Va.; Tasia A. Werkmeister, of Altoona, majoring in health arts: practical nursing emphasis; and Madison T. McClelland, pre-nursing, of Columbia Cross Roads.
Helping the ‘cat enlighten Madigan Library patrons are (from left) Tanner J. Layne, an information assurance and cyber security student from Chesapeake, Va.; Tasia A. Werkmeister, of Altoona, majoring in health arts: practical nursing emphasis; and Madison T. McClelland, pre-nursing, of Columbia Cross Roads.

 

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