MENTAL HEALTH ADVOCACY PANEL March 21, 2018 | Browning Hall Auditorium | Webster University

The Webster University Student Veterans Organization (SVO) invites you to join us March 21 for this important discussion.

Wednesday, March 21

5 p.m. Coffee | 5:30 p.m. Panel discussion | 6:30 p.m. Reception

Browning Hall Auditorium, room 160

8274 Big Bend Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63119

Webster University campus map

Guest parking is available in the Garden Ave. Parking Garage.

The Webster SVO hosts this panel discussion and reception in support of Missouri Veterans Endeavor’s Student Veterans Week.

Scheduled panelists are mental health professionals and experts in the suicide prevention and depressive illness fields.

Who should attend?

✖ Students and student veterans

✖ Faculty and staff

✖ Community members

✖ Those passionate about mental health promotion

✖ Those impacted by this issue

This event is free and open to the public. The panel event will be live-streamed for remote audiences, and also made available to extended Webster University campus locations after the event.


Stacy Henning, associate professor, Professional Counseling, Webster University

Shawn O'Connor, psychologist, PTSD Clinic at VA St. Louis

Patrick Stack, director of Counseling & Life Development, Webster University

Angela Tate, vice president of operations, Behavioral Health Response

Elizabeth Wilde, Social Service Program coordinator to the No Veteran Dies Alone, and Respite Program for the St. Louis Department of Veterans Affairs

Matt Palozola, Marine Corps veteran, founder of The Zola Initiative veteran outreach organization, and surviving brother to former Webster SVO president Tom Palozola

No matter what you are going through, you don’t have to go through it alone. There are resources available to help.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Free, 24/7 confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call 1-800-273-8255.

Crisis Text Line: Free, 24/7 support for anyone in need. Text START to 741741.

IMALIVE: Chat confidentially with a volunteer trained in crisis intervention.

7 Cups of Tea: Speak anonymously with a trained active listener.

American Psychological Association: A resource for finding mental health care in your area.

NEDA: Help and support for people struggling with eating disorders. You can call 1-800-931-2237 or chat with them online.

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To Write Love On Her Arms (@twloha): Dedicated to helping people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide.

You Matter (@youmatterlifeline): You Matter was created to let people know that suicide is preventable.

NAMI (@namiorg): Dedicated to improving the lives of anyone living with mental illness. Free to chat at 1-800-950-6264.

The Trevor Project (@thetrevorproject): Confidential suicide hotline for LGBTQ+ young people. Available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386.

It Gets Better Project (@itgetsbetterproject): Communicating to LGBTQ+ youth around the world that it gets better.

✖ Fight the stigma surrounding mental illness

✖ Gain skills to identify signs of depression or suicidal thoughts

✖ Learn available resources to contact in the event of a crisis

In hosting this panel, the Webster SVO partners with Washington University, Lindenwood University and UMSL student veterans in support of Missouri Veterans Endeavor’s "Student Veterans Week" events in the St. Louis area March 17-24.
“[My brother Tom] had so many positive things going for him, but with PTSD and stuff like that pretty much no one is really immune to it. Everybody is vulnerable to it coming from our background.” -Matt Palozola
Family members and friends of the late Tom Palozola turned out in force last year for the dedication ceremony for the Cpl. Thomas Palozola Veterans Center on the Webster University home campus. Tom served as president of the Webster SVO for 2015-2016 and led the effort to secure the $9,000 grant for the on-campus Veterans Resource Center, which opened in October 2015.

The heroic life and traumatic death of Tom Palozola, Webster Journal, Dec. 6, 2017

Palozola’s legacy continues with the Zola Initiative, Webster Journal, Dec. 6, 2017

Cpl. Thomas Palozola Veterans Center Dedication: 'This space was made possible by his work', Webster University news, Oct. 24, 2017


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