Massages to help fund suicide day
October 17, 2005 —
To encourage more campus involvement and raise money for the activities that will take place during National Suicide Awareness Day on Saturday, Nov. 19, SVSU nursing students are sponsoring a massage fund-raiser, hosted in collaboration with the Flint School of Massage.
Taking place next Monday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Triangle Room across from the Multi-purpose Room in the Student Center, massages will be given on a walk-in basis at fifty cents per minute.
In hopes that the fund-raiser will have a large turnout and because of time constraints, massages will be limited from five- to 20-minute sessions, though faculty can pre-register for thirty- to sixty-minute massages. The nursing students are welcoming all donations, as proceeds will fund the on-campus recognition of National Survivors of Suicide Day.
Fifth-year nursing student Tara Greenleaf, 22 of Hemlock says that the nursing students hope the event not only raises cash but also helps bring relaxation to stressed-out SVSU students.
"The massage fund-raiser is a way to help everyone," she says. "We'll gain benefits from it to fund the convention, but the students will too because it's a good way to provide relaxation for them just after midterms."
The convention will include a national teleconference with similar conferences throughout the country, a presentation by keynote speaker, suicidologist Jack Klott, snacks and refreshments served throughout the day, and a balloon launching ceremony.
The students have two goals in mind for this year's convention.
"We hope to offer support for those who have been affected by suicide," Greenleaf says, "and to offer awareness to those who want to become more knowledgeable to aid in the prevention of suicide."
The sponsors of the event also look forward to more campus involvement this year.