College Initiatives 2016

Jones County Junior College

At JCJC, we formed a partnership with PTK and our Counseling Center this semester where we will do monthly education days on mental health. These are photos from JCJC PTK students who are educating our students on the National Day Without Stigma. Information was provided to students on mental health by using our toolkit that we received last year. We also provided students information on how to access counseling services for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, etc. This will continue one day each month fall 2016.There is also a photo of Dr. Kisha Jones, a counselor in the Student Success Center, giving out an umbrella to our director in efforts to continue to educate about the mission of the MS Partners in Prevention.

Mississippi Valley State University

The Student Counseling Center, in collaboration with the Mississippi Highway Patrol, sponsored an alcohol awareness / seatbelt safety outreach on Thursday, October 27, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Jacob Aron Student Union. The Counseling Center had an information table with pamphlets and other pertinent information on the dangers of alcohol use and abuse on display, and Corporal Anthony Dunn of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, Troop D demonstrated the potential consequences of not wearing a seatbelt with the help of the department’s roll-over simulator. The event was well attended and well received by the students. Our local media was also on hand to film portions of the event.

Mississippi University for Women

Alcohol awareness event in September 2016. MUW's student health club (WHO) organized a tabling event where we distributed non-alcoholic fruit smoothies and discussed the negative consequences of alcohol abuse and binge drinking.

Holmes Community College

Suicide Prevention Workshop that Dr. Jackie Hale provided to our Student Support Services participants. In this very informative workshop, Dr. Hale discussed suicide rates and behaviors of those who may be considering suicide. She also used trivia to shed light on various misconceptions regarding suicide beliefs in society. Approximately 50 students were in attendance and expressed their interest in finding out more of the subject of taboo.

Pearl River Community College

East Mississippi Community College

The first event on August 30, 2016, featured Captain Jimmie Nichols of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics. He spoke to a standing room only audience about new drug and alcohol trends and their effects. The first 50 people who attended received water bottles, umbrellas, and t-shirts. There was also a table with information about drug and alcohol abuse. This event was co-sponsored by the Weem’s Mental Health Smarter Choices Coalition mPACC grant. (I can’t get the pictures from this event off of the camera because the USB cord is damaged, but I included the flyer for the event).

The second event, held on September 28, 2016, featured former MLB star and Hall of Famer Darryl Strawberry. Strawberry spoke about his struggles with drugs and how he overcame the addiction to a coliseum packed with EMCC students and people from throughout Kemper, Lauderdale, Noxubee, Lowndes, Clay, and Oktibbeha counties. The event featured booths that contained information about drug and alcohol abuse, the effects of tobacco, and mental health information. A Night with Darryl Strawberry was co-sponsored by Weem’s Mental Health, the Smarter Choices Coalition, the mPACC grant, and Tobacco Free Mississippi.

Mississippi State University

HPW joined the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to present an Alcohol Educational Night on October 11 on Greek Row. HPW provided alcohol facts using the “Spin the Wheel” game, coordination activities wearing Drunk Goggles, and an opportunity for students to check their alcohol use habits and be connected with resources on MSU’s campus with the new online Screen U Alcohol survey.

HPW conducted its annual OkSOBERFest Carnival on the Drill Field October 19. Partnering with the Office of Sexual Assault’s Take the Pledge campaign, HPW informed students of the negative consequences associated with alcohol misuse and abuse through engaging and interactive games.

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