Mississippi State staff are invited to stop by and meet their MSU Staff Council representatives and learn more about the council's activities during a meet-and-greet on Aug. 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Hunter Henry Center's Parker Ballroom.
Attendees will be able to make their own mini-sundaes with MSU ice cream and an assortment of toppings.
Contact: Georgia Clarke
STARKVILLE, Miss.â€”According to national statistics, suicides claim the lives of more than 41,000 people annuallyâ€”and are the second leading cause of death on college campuses. Alcohol is the most abused substance.
As Mississippi State begins the 2015-16 school year, the Mississippi Coalition for Partners in Prevention is launching a media campaign to combat suicide and alcohol abuse.
As part of the 20-week campaign, the university and all of the stateâ€™s other public institutions of higher learning, as well as a majority of community colleges in the state, are being flooded with posters and social media messages providing helpful tips, statistics and positive messages information to incoming students. â€śHotlineâ€ť telephone numbers also are provided.
â€śHopefully, blanketing the college-age student with prevention media messages will reduce these two high-risk behaviors,â€ť said Joyce Yates, Mississippi Stateâ€™s director of health promotion and wellness.
Regina Hyatt, who is in her first semester as the universityâ€™s new vice president of student affairs, said the campaign has the potential to make a significant impact.
â€śWe want students to know the facts and we want them to reach out for help,â€ť Hyatt said. â€śThe Mississippi Coalition for Partners in Prevention campaign puts information in the hands of our students so they can make good decisions and know where to go for help.â€ť
For more on MCPP, visit www.health.msstate.edu/staydry/index.php.
MSUâ€™s department of health promotion and wellness provides weekly messages via Instagram @msuhealthpromo, Twitter @MSUHEW and Facebook at facebook.com/healthedatmsstate.
MSU is Mississippiâ€™s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.