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OSU works with nonprofit to bring hopeful, supportive messages to students – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 2020-11-21 19:24:02 –

Stillwater, Oklahoma (KFOR) – A non-profit organization has worked with Oklahoma State University to give students a sense of hope and support.

Hope is Oxygen, a non-profit organization focused on suicide prevention and recovery of hope, sent a message of hope and support to thousands of OSU students on campus and in the Greek community last week.

Linda Pulver, a 1983 OSU graduate who used her mental health resources as a student, runs Hope is Oxygen. Pulver understands the impact of COVID-19 on students.

“College students across the country are suffering from the effects of isolation,” she said. “Children feel isolated and many suffer from depression and anxiety. When that happens, not everyone commits suicide. Some rely on drugs or alcohol. These are the actions that occur when you begin to lose hope. “

OSU graduate Powder and OSU Vice President of Students, Dr. Douglas Hallenbeck, worked together to provide students with 10,000 Hopesacks before Thanksgiving.

Each bag contained letters from Harenbeck, Pulver, and mental health resources, including information about OSU’s college counseling services and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number 1-800-273-8255.

“You are important to Oklahoma State University. I want you to know that we care about you,” Hallenbeck wrote in a letter. “This year has been a series of stressful events, but I want you to know that there is hope while struggling to deal with the pandemic.

“The material in this bag is designed to provide resources for you, your loved ones, or friends when you need them. As a member of the OSU community, you are not alone. Faculty and staff are you and you. I care about my happiness. If you need help, get in touch and be someone that others can contact for help. “

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