Initiative Helps GCC Enhance Healthy Campus Environment; Quilt of Memories Now on Display

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Gateway’s Counseling and Student Success office recently received a $10,000 grant through the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative to create and sustain a healthy campus community environment, which integrates underage drinking prevention efforts and overall mental health promotion. According to Michael V Buccilli, MSW, director of Counseling and Student Success, “Through this grant we hope to enhance the campus community’s awareness of the realities that exist on campus around mental health issues, increase student access to information and services, and offer recreational options that support mental health promotion and life skills development.”

A special thanks goes out to Kathleen Anderson (Interim Counselor) who identified this opportunity, worked to design programming and successfully authored the grant proposal.

Activities to support the initiative's goal are already underway. On September 18, the Well Aware Committee, funded by the Connecticut Healthy Campus Initiative, sponsored the “Quilt of Memories”. The quilt is a powerful visual display representing the wishes, losses, condolences, and the strong messages of hope from members of the GCC community about the epidemic of suicide. Students, faculty, and staff personalized a quilt patch to show support and awareness or in honor of someone lost to suicide. 

The quilt presently is on display in the North Lobby in recognition of Suicide Awareness Month.