Stillman College United for Suicide Prevention: A Night of Support and Awareness

TUSCALOOSA, Ala – On Sept. 27, 2023, Stillman College hosted the “Step up for Suicide Prevention” event to address mental health challenges faced by college students. Director of Student Development at Stillman College, Dr. Aleisha Escobedo, led this initiative in collaboration with the Stillman College Veterans Resource Center and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Pictured from left to right: Lawanda Vanhorn, Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator for VA Tuscaloosa Health Care; Valerie Wilder, Stillman College Director of Military Services; Dr. Raymond Stevenson, Stillman College Alumnus; and Dr. Aleisha Escobedo, Stillman College Director of Student Development.

Despite the immense benefits of college life, it is also associated with various stressors that can negatively impact a student’s mental health. Stillman College is dedicated to supporting every student through their academic journey. This commitment was demonstrated at the “Step up for Suicide Prevention” event, which committed to walking this path with students and providing them with the necessary resources.

The event was both educational and entertaining, offering a unique blend of resources, entertainment, and free food. Among other things, it was intended to create a safe and welcoming space where students could openly discuss mental health issues, as well as to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Dr. Aleisha C. Escobedo expressed her enthusiasm for this collaborative effort. “Our students are at the heart of everything we do here at Stillman College,” said Dr. Escobedo. “Through this event, we aim to show our unwavering support for their mental health and well-being. Together with our partners, we are determined to make a difference.”

The event was made possible through collaboration with the Stillman College Veterans Resource Center and the US Department of Veterans Affairs of Tuscaloosa, highlighting the broader community’s involvement and commitment to this vital cause.

All members of the Stillman College community, including students, faculty, staff, and local residents, were invited to join this special evening dedicated to raising awareness about suicide prevention. The event featured informative sessions, engaging entertainment, and a chance to connect with support networks as attendees engaged in meaningful conversations about mental health awareness.

“Step up for Suicide Prevention” is a testament to Stillman College’s ongoing dedication to fostering an environment where students feel heard, supported, and empowered to seek help when needed.

In a world where mental health is of paramount importance, Stillman College stands united in the fight against suicide and for the well-being of its community members. This event marked a significant step toward a healthier, more supportive future.

In times of crisis, it’s essential to have access to immediate support. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, please reach out to the National Suicide Hotline at 988. Help is available 24/7, and your call can make a difference. Also, to learn more about Stillman College’s Office of Student Development and stay informed about upcoming initiatives and events, contact Dr. Aleisha Escobedo at