Counseling and Disability Services held the “You Belong” suicide prevention training on Oct. 10 at the Aloha Center. More than 30 students participated in the training and learned from Leilani Auna, the Clinical Counselor and Disability Services coordinator, about how to prevent suicide and self-injury.
Auna taught some of the recognizable signs of a suicide attempt and introduced the suicide prevention technique called A.C.T, which stands for: acknowledge, care, and tell. She showed a video about the A.C.T technique explained by BYUH counselors. The video was made by students who are doing their internships and academic training at the Counseling and Disability Services.
Marissa Kinanti Cahyaningtyas, a senior from Indonesia majoring in psychology, said, “It is good to inform students what to do to prevent and help their friends and family members from suicide. People always think just cheering them up can prevent suicide, but that is not how it works. I hope [BYUH] Counseling Services can . . . inform people who were not able to come to the training.”
Inosi Kinikini, a junior from Fiji majoring in psychology, said he found the training empowering, “As an islander, I know most of the islanders are very close-minded in this matter and do not open up about our problems. These kinds of workshops can [bring awareness on] how to help one another in a proper way during their trials.”
Moia Layne, an alumna from Washington who majored in psychology, is doing her internship at the Counseling and Disability Services. She is in charge of outreach events. Layne said, “It is important for people to be aware. That is why we do mental health events every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.”
She added, “With each of these events, we are trying to bring awareness to students about mental health, so they can help others and themselves, and care for their mental health as their physical health. Even though it is a slow process, we are trying to do it person by person. Every Thursday we have different events such as meditation, yoga, playing games, etc. to help students relieve their stress.”