Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide
The Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide (BCAS) is a student organization that was formed to educate the campus about mental health issues, the signs of suicide and how to prevent it. The organization was created to:
- Remember all those who have died because of suicide in the hopes that others will not take their lives;
- Support survivors of suicide so they may heal; and
- Provide a way for all those who care to help promote awareness of suicide prevention.
- BCAS hosts RUOK? Day, an OSU Signature Event that brings together approximately one thousand individuals to learn about mental health and suicide prevention (see page below for more information!)
Ohio State students are committed to promoting mental health and suicide prevention. No student should feel like they don’t matter, will be labeled “crazy,” or will be punished for getting help.
The only way to fight against the stigma and misinformation about mental health issues is to talk about them openly and honestly.
You too can be an advocate. Join the Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide. Because Buckeyes care.
Watch a past President of Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide in a video interview with The Lantern, OSU’s campus newspaper.
For more information or to join the organization:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bcasosu/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/bcasosu | YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/BCASatOSU
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Peers Reaching Out
Our purpose is to work with The Ohio State University’s Suicide Prevention program to:
(1) educate our student peers on suicide prevention through REACH trainings;
(2) increase awareness and understanding of suicide and its prevention at outreach events; and
(3) advocate for suicide prevention and ending the stigma of mental illness.
For more information about the group, visit our student group home page.
To request a REACH training, complete the training request form.
Watch members of Peers REACHing Out in a video interview with The Lantern, OSU’s campus newspaper.
2017-18 PROs Applications:
2) A description of past public speaking experience
3) Information on volunteer experiences and/or other students organizations in which you are involved
4) A reference (title, email address, and phone number) who can speak to your dependability and ability to be a student leader
5) A 1-2 page essay describing why you believe in the importance of our pillars of education, advocacy, and outreach as they relate to mental health and suicide prevention.
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A simple conversation can save a life. RUOK? Day is a signature campus-wide outreach initiative to increase awareness among the OSU community about suicide, symptoms of suicide and teach others how to help someone who may be at risk of suicide.
Each March, students and OSU advisors from the Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide organize RUOK? Day as a way to encourage Ohio State students, faculty and staff to think about the people in their lives who may struggle with personal difficulties and take action – simply by starting a conversation.
Attendees to RUOK? Day are provided with resources and opportunities to pledge to ask a friend, coworker or stranger, “Are you okay today?” While some people may be having a great day, there are others who are struggling to overcome the obstacles in life and need help.
Watch the promo video from the 2016 RUOK? Day!
Survivors’ Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide gather to find comfort and gain understanding as they heal from the affects suicide has had on them and their loved ones.
In November, Ohio State organizes Survivors’ Day in connection with the International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day. Students share their stories of hope with each other and the ways they continue to cope with a suicide loss.
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Out of the Darkness Walk
Students from the Buckeye Campaign Against Suicide participate in the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk each October. The Foundation is a leader in the fight against suicide and the walk is a way to engage young adults to help make a difference.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among people ages 18-24. The campus walk series brings thousands of students across college campuses nationwide together to bring mental health conditions out of the darkness and stop the unneeded loss of life.
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