For our second Hope Campaign event we brought speaker, actor, and playwright Josh Rivedal to perform his one man show, The Gospel According to Josh. This was the 29th state that Josh has performed in and his first performance in the state of Alabama. Josh tours the country and performs his off-Broadway play promoting suicide prevention.
The performance gave the audience a glimpse of the highs and lows of Josh's life and his complex relationship with his father. The play ended with his father 's suicide, Josh's reaction and his message to help others that may be experiencing suicidal thoughts or who may have lost someone to suicide. Josh was able to make his story entertaining and funny, and then serious when needed. After his performance he shared details about his life after his fathers suicide, even sharing that he himself had had suicidal thoughts and what he did to cope. His information about suicide and the preventative measures brought the event to a close, leaving students, faculty, and staff present with a better understanding of suicide, how it affects people, and what they can do to help prevent it.
A special thanks is extended to the UAH Psychology Department for their interest and help in promoting this important event. Our success was made greater because of you.
Here is a link to Josh's blog with weekly inspirations and stories or for further information:
Capturing Hope was our first event of the Spring 2014 semester. Our focus was to get information out about the HOPE Campaign and to get students talking and involved. We answered any questions that students had about what we were doing while also getting their thoughts and feedback. Students that were interested volunteered to take pictures with blank poster boards. These pictures will have motivational sayings, that the students choose, added to the boards later and the pictures will be used as posters, flyers, and handouts in the future.
The morning started off much better than any of us could have anticipated. Before we were even done setting up we had a number of students coming by to check out what were doing. Within the first hour we already had 10-15 students who had taken pictures. Even students who elected to not take pictures were welcome to come and talk to us, ask questions, and let us know what they thought. A surprising number were very excited about what we are doing and said that we should do it again this semester and in future semesters.
We also had a number of Marketing students come by and talk. We are in the process of getting more student involvement, not only in participation but in assisting our marketing efforts. Marketing, Arts, Information Systems, Computer Science, and many other majors can get involved to assist us our endeavors. These students showed a desire to get involved, asked questions and a few even took so pictures for us.
We would like to thank all of those students who came and talked, questioned, and participated in our short event. It is the first of many to come and we thank you all for taking the time to help spread love, joy, and happiness around the school. Be on the look out for the posters around campus, here on the website, and also on our Facebook page.
Thank you once again from the HOPE Campaign!
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Thank you once again for your interest in the HOPE Campaign, we look forward to seeing you around campus. As always, please feel free to send us your comments, concerns, or questions. There is a form under the contact page that will send us an email.