UCF hosts annual suicide awareness event

Eighth "Field of Memories" event held on school's Memory Mall

By Ben Kotenko - Digital Intern
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ORLANDO, Fla -
The University of Central Florida took the time to place suicide awareness front and center Wednesday.

The school had its annual, "Field of Memories - Be Aware, Show You Care Flag Exhibit," that included students coming together to personalize a yellow flag in order to "show their support, their increased awareness, or to honor a memory of someone lost to suicide." 

Hosted by UCF's Counseling and Psychological Services department, Field of Memories is held on the university's sprawling Memory Mall. It was the 8th time the event has been hosted on campus.

According to the school's official description online, Field of Memories "is a powerful and poignant visual display representing the 1,100 suicides that occur on U.S. college campuses each year," and it encourages students to share their own emotional stories of how they, or someone they know, has been impacted by suicide or to give messages of hope to those struggling.

On this iteration of the event, Teresa Michaelson, Associate Director of Outreach at UCF Counseling and Psychological Services, said,  “Our goal is to always get 1,100 flags out and displayed with messages of hope. This year we hit that number again, and we know that we impacted hundreds more as they walked through the field and read the messages. We heard personal stories from students who shared their challenges and shared how grateful they were that we were hosting an event such as the Field of Memories. It showed them that people care and it was the message they needed to hear today.”

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