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Alive! Mental Health Fair

Date: 3/25/2011

Alive! Mental Health Fair and Suicide Prevention Tour, which is sponsored by the Health and Wellness Center and Campus Activities Board will be on campus on Thursday, March 31. There will be a variety of events with information on mental health and suicide prevention. 

From 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. there will be graffiti art held in the cafeteria, where students will create their own graffiti, a brain exhibit in the student center, a resource fair in private dining room for local agencies and student groups to explain what services they offer to members of their communities, and students will get a chance to create a PostSecret Card to put in the drop box in the cafeteria.
QPR Training, will be held in the the Crusader Café at noon and the Lecture Hall at 8 p.m. It will include a certified trainer who will teach students and faculty, how to direct someone that is suicidal to seek treatment from professional care.

At 1 p.m. there will be a screening of the award winning film that depicts suicidal college students and their feelings of wanting to end their lives. The film titled A Reason to Live Documentary will be shown in the the Crusader Café.

The Bullied Documentary is an educational video of the toll that bullying plays on the victims. The screening of this video will be at 2 p.m. in the Crusader Café.
At 6:30 p.m. the Keynote Address by Reese Butler will take place in the Bernardine Hall Lecture Hall. Reese is the 1-800-SUICIDE founder, he will share the stories behind the making of the Hopeline Network.

For more information on the fair view their website.

  • History: Established as a private four-year liberal arts college in 1958, Alvernia celebrated its 50th year by being awarded university status in 2008.
  • Heritage: Founded by the Bernardine Sisters, a Catholic religious order, the university embraces the Franciscan core values of service, humility, collegiality, contemplation and peacemaking.
  • Motto: “To Learn, To Love, To Serve”
  • Campus: The main campus in Reading is 121 acres, with two satellite campuses in Philadelphia and Pottsville (Schuylkill County).
  • Location: Our residential campus is situated three miles from center-city Reading, in the scenic Blue Mountain area of Eastern Pennsylvania.
  • Enrollment: 3,000 students attend Alvernia including 1,500 traditional undergraduates, 600 continuing education students, and 780 graduate students. Over 77% of first-year students live on campus.
  • Faculty: Our professors are accomplished scholars, experts in their fields, and supportive mentors. The student-to-faculty ratio is 14:1. Most classes are 20 students or fewer.
  • Athletics: NCAA Division III, member of the Commonwealth Conference of the Middle Atlantic States Athletic Corporation and member of Eastern College Athletic Conference, 8 men’s and 10 women’s intercollegiate sports.