Marquette’s volleyball team is hosting a Mental Health Awareness Match as part of World Suicide Prevention Day on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Al McGuire Center. The Golden Eagles, currently ranked No. 24 in the country, will host LSU.
As part of the match, Marquette Athletics has teamed up with alumna Jenny Fischer, Comm ’19, and her Keep Showing Up campaign in support of suicide prevention awareness and mental health as a whole. Fischer began producing t-shirts adorned with the “Keep Showing Up” phrase in 2020 to raise money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Fischer’s inspiration came from her personal connection to the cause. Her mother and grandfather both died by suicide.
Keep Showing Up shirts will be available for purchase at the match, and donations will be made to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Fischer will be in attendance, as well as representatives from the Counseling Center, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and the National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Keep Showing Up merchandise can also be purchased online.
Marquette Athletics is additionally offering complimentary tickets to mental health groups on campus and in the community. Those tickets can be claimed online.
National Suicide Prevention Week is Sunday, Sept. 4, to Saturday, Sept. 10. World Suicide Prevention Day is observed on Sept. 10 each year.
Help is available for those experiencing suicidal thoughts. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services provides care and support to people experiencing stressful situations — whether that is thoughts of suicide, a mental health concern or a substance use issue. It is a free and confidential service that is available 24/7.
People of all ages who need help for themselves or a loved one can access the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline by:
- Calling 988 (available in multiple languages)
- Sending a text message to 988 (English only)
- Using the chat feature at 988lifeline.org (English only)
Marquette students can also call the university’s Counseling Center at 414-288-7172 to reach a counselor. The Counseling Center is located on the second floor of Holthusen Hall. On weekdays after 4:30 p.m., or on weekends and holidays, call the Marquette University Police Department at 414-288-6800 and request to speak with the on-call counselor.