UW-Stout News Story

Campus video delivers message of hope, support to students

December 17, 2013

A special message is being sent to University of Wisconsin-Stout students as they head into what can be a stressful time of year with final exams and the holiday season.

The message is in the form of a new video titled "Together We Can Make a Difference."

In the video more than 25 students and staff had their photos taken with messages of love and support for others who struggle during this time of year.

The project focused on suicide awareness, noting that one in 10 college students considers suicide and half of college students have periods of feeling depressed or helpless.

A student provides support in the video."College is supposed to be challenging, not overwhelming," one message says.

"You're never alone," says another.

The release of the video is timely, in particular for young people who may be experiencing stress or feeling overwhelmed for a variety of reasons, said video coordinator and student Amy Geislinger.

"I feel this is an important topic for students to be aware of. Many college students go through a lot of stress, especially during finals and the holidays," said Geislinger, of Woodbury, Minn., who is majoring in human development family studies.

Final exams for the fall semester began Monday, Dec. 16, and end Friday, Dec. 20, at UW-Stout.

Student videographer Scott Fischer, of Rice Lake, took the photos and created the video.

The video can be seen here.

During a video premiere on campus, John Achter, director of the University Counseling Center, reminded students of the many resources available if they or their friends are in need of assistance. Information on the resources is included in the video.

The Counseling Center, on the fourth floor of Bowman Hall, can be reached at 715-232-2468.

Sponsors of and participants in the video and premiere event included University Counseling Center, Stout Council on Family Relations, Multicultural Student Services, School Counseling Club, Psychology Club, Center for Applied Ethics, Pi Lambda Phi, and Ally Initiatives for Civil Rights and Civic Responsibility.

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