This is a press release submitted to the Las Vegas Sun. It has not been verified or edited by the Sun.
Alpha Phi Omega UNLV’s National Service Week to support Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention
Published on Tue, Oct 29, 2013 (12:44 p.m.)LAS VEGAS – Oct. 27, 2013 – Nevada has the fourth highest rate of suicide in the United States, nearly double the national rate. It is the third leading cause of death for Nevadans ages 15 to 24 and the second leading cause for ages 25 to 35. Alpha Phi Omega UNLV, national community service fraternity, hopes to change these statistics. APO’s National Service Week (Nov. 3 through Nov. 9) will be dedicated to helping the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention to shed light on a very relevant problem in Nevada. All UNLV students and community members are encouraged to attend the following events:
• Encouraging Craft Table
o Monday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – UNLV Pida Plaza
Members of APO and the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention will host craft projects open to all students and community members. The crafts intend to uplift students who may be feeling down or alone. For a small donation, students can create an “encouragement rock,” a simple craft where reassuring phrases are written on a rock for students to keep or share with others who may be in need of hopeful words to get them through the day. There will also be a large fabric sign with the question “What Does Self-Respect Mean to You?” written on it. Students will be asked to write their answer to that question with a fabric pen. Members of APO and the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention will distribute suicide awareness and prevention flyers along with encouraging words on sticky notes.
• Bake Sale
o Tuesday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – UNLV Free Speech Area
Delicious baked goods made by the members of APO will be for sale. All proceeds will benefit the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention.
• Candlelight Vigil Walk for Those Who Took Their Lives
o Friday, Nov. 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – UNLV Student Union Courtyard
A candlelight vigil and walk will take place to commemorate all those who took their own lives. Participants can donate $2 and decorate a white paper bag with a flameless candle to light the walk path. All proceeds will go to the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention, who will also be present at the event speaking about ways to detect an at-risk person and tips on how to prevent suicide.
Alpha Phi Omega’s National Service Week encourages all chapters worldwide to carry out a specific service program of emphasis for one week. The program of emphasis for 2013 is “Respect for Self.” APO UNLV’s hopes this year’s National Service Week will promote suicide awareness and prevention to the UNLV community.
About Alpha Phi Omega UNLV:
Alpha Phi Omega (APO) is the largest, co-ed community service fraternity in the nation. Alpha Phi Omega UNLV officially chartered on May 5th, 2010 and pledges new members every semester. APO UNLV members have a passion for volunteering and community service. Members assist national and local nonprofit organizations while gaining valuable leadership skills through leadership development programs.
About the Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention:
The Nevada Coalition for Suicide Prevention was formed in 2005 by a small group of Nevadans whose goal was, and remains, to address the significant problem of suicide in Nevada. Since 2005 NCSP has grown to include public and private representation from across the state, and now offers internationally-recognized training and annual awareness and healing event.