USM LAC held suicide prevention awareness night


LEWISTON — The Druker Office of Community Engagement at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College recently collaborated with the National Alliance on Mental Illness to host an interactive session about suicide prevention with USM students and members of the community.

The session was funded by a grant from USM and created a safe space for those in attendance to engage in open dialogue around suicide and mental illness. The event included a dynamic presentation from Heather Carter, Suicide Prevention Senior Trainer from NAMI Maine, as well as personal stories from family members with experience with mental illness, suicide survivors and an informative presentation from Dr. Robert Small of USM Cares.

A student who attended the session remarked, “I have some background knowledge on suicide prevention, but hearing the personal stories shared puts it all in perspective. This was a powerful event. It will stay with me forever.”

The event was facilitated by USM students Tonya Bailey-Curry, Savannah Beaudry, Carmen Edwards and Steven Doyle.

USM LAC’s Druker Office of Community Engagement sets a unique standard as a student-faculty collaboratively led office coordinating LAC’s multi-tiered community engagement work. For more information about DOCE, visit