Adams State will unveil Hope Wall

(08-21-2014)

The community is invited to the unveiling of the "Hope Wall" at 4 p.m. Monday, Aug. 25, on the first floor of Adams State University McDaniel Hall looking out at the Japanese/American Memorial Garden. The unveiling ceremony will lead into an Out of the Darkness suicide awareness walk around the campus community, and the walk will end with a barbeque back on the ASU campus sponsored by the Grizzly Activity Board (GAB).

The Hope Wall was constructed last spring as part of the ASU Suicide Watch Awareness Gang's (SWAG) "1100 Messages of Hope" campaign. The Hope Campaign invited students, faculty, staff, and community members to document brief anonymous messages of hope and encouragement on coasters. The coasters will be hung on the Hope Wall and will be available to take if a campus member needs a message of hope that day. Similarly, persons wishing to leave a message of hope on a coaster will be able to complete one and hang it on the wall.

The idea for the Hope Wall was conceived by Laurel Carter, who served as Adams State's Suicide Prevention Outreach Coordinator from 2011 until 2014. Carter will return to speak at the unveiling event. Carter collaborated with SWAG, with the ASU Counseling Center, and with Chi Sigma Iota, the Counselor Education honor society, to have the wall constructed.

Community members are welcome to attend the unveiling, to participate in the Out of the Darkness Walk, and to join the ASU community for the barbeque.

For more information, contact the ASU Counseling and Career Services at 719-587-7746.