Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – “I love myself. I love me some me. I AM SOMEBODY!”
The voices of Tigers filled the lecture room of Whiteside Hall Wednesday evening as students echoed this affirmation of self-love from motivational speaker Marianne McDuffie-Ogutu during a suicide prevention workshop entitled, “Shatter the Silence”.
Hosted by the Division of Enrollment and Student Services, the event was the first in a series of workshops to be offered by CCC’s Counseling Center this school term.
The workshop was highlighted by Ogutu, CEO and founder of the Southaven-based non-profit organization Refinement Inc., designed to help individuals redefine themselves in various areas, and specializing in motivational speaking and empowerment workshops.
Organizer Renee’ Sanford, CCC coordinator of counseling services, set the stage for Ogutu’s presentation by raising the students’ awareness of September’s designation as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
“As college students, there are many stressors and pressures you face,” said Sanford. “We want you all to be aware that you don’t have to face them alone … We are here for you.”
Setting up an oversized mirror to illustrate her point, Ogutu told students that they are the “No. 1 player in the mirror” and that they must be sure to take care of themselves.
“Balance is the key,” Oguto told the dozens of Tigers in attendance. “Work hard, play hard, study hard, but also meditate and take some time for you.”
She also discussed the importance of recognizing when others maybe going through a difficult time.
“Take some time to talk to your neighbor, classmates, roommate and friends,” said Ogutu. “Everybody’s life is important enough to be checked on from time to time.”
In addition of taking care of your No. 1 player (yourself), Ogutu said students must also “keep it real” by recognizing when they need to adjust their attitude or seek help.
She also challenged students to be mature.
“Don’t put down another person, bully them or make fun of them,” said Ogutu. “That is sometimes one of the leading causes of individuals thinking about or even committing suicide.”
Ogutu reminded students that this includes making negative comments over the internet and social media.
National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month is designed to help promote resources and awareness around the issues of suicide— the third leading cause of death among young people.
For questions or more information about services and resources available at CCC’s Counseling Center, contact Sanford at (662) 621-4858.
CLICK HERE to view more photos from the workshop on CCC's Facebook page!