University’s Kay Dore’ Counseling Center is positioning itself to be the first
choice in educating the Lake Area community on suicide education and
According to statistics
from the Calcasieu Parish Coroner’s Office, the suicide rate in Calcasieu
Parish is above both the state and national average.
KDCC is working
with several local organizations to educate the community about suicide
prevention and to raise mental health awareness, said Dr. Kevin Yaudes,
assistant professor of psychology and the center’s faculty adviser.
clinical focus originated, in part, through collaboration with Sam Houston High
School, explained Yaudes.
educators Ken Brown and Sara Jolie created the Peer Initiative Leaders of
Tomorrow (PILOT) program that offers peer-to-peer support to address underlying
causes of suicide,” he said. "KDCC supports this initiative with on-site peer
training and counseling services.”
A Greaux Blue
social media fundraising campaign has been established through the McNeese
Foundation to bring resources to the center to strengthen its engagement efforts
and collaborations on providing suicide education, counseling, training and
prevention here in Southwest Louisiana.
"Our goal is to
continue offering low cost counseling to the community, to equip counselors and
educators in our clinic and the region with specialized suicide prevention training
and train future
professional counselors, school counselors, faith leaders and health care
workers in our area,” explained Yaudes. "Every dollar donated helps provide
counseling, education and prevention services, and resources to individuals and
families right here in the Lake Area.”
Donations can be made by going online at greauxblue.mcneese.edu/kdcc.