Outreach Events

Outreach Events

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) reaches out to the university community through its psycho-educational programming for students, faculty, staff, and other outside professionals.  The goals of our outreach efforts are to decrease stigma associated with mental health struggles, increase knowledge and skills, create opportunities for new and realistic behavior, foster interpersonal and intrapersonal relationships, and encourage healthy psychological functioning.

The staff at CAPS design and implement educational presentations and training session events according to the needs of a particular group, class, or faculty member. CAPS staff also offer event support to our campus community.

Please understand, CAPS educational presentations, trainings, or event support may be provided pending scheduling and staffing availability.

To request a workshop or presentation, or to invite us to participate at your event, please email jrego@fgcu.edu

Please include:

  • Date
  • Time
  • Location
  • Expected number of people
  • Topic of interest
  • Contact information

In order to better serve your needs, please provide your request with a minimum of 3 weeks advanced notice. Requests made with less than 3 weeks notice may not be able to be fulfilled.



The Florida Gulf Coast University Campus Walk  may be physically canceled, but you can still participate VIRTUALLY and continue to support the movement to #StopSuicide.

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Out of the Darkness

Virtual Walk

Dates (from any location): March 21 or 22, 2020


Out of the Darkness Campus Walks

Every year suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters combined, and yet suicide prevention doesn't get anywhere near the funding given to other leading causes of death. It's up to Walkers like us to make a difference. Together we can change the conversation about mental health and put a stop to this tragic loss of life.

Register at www.AFSP.org/FGCU

Questions: jrego@fgcu.edu


The FGCU Walk is still happening virtually so you can continue to raise awareness & funds while asking others to join you as a Virtual Walker


We have changed the FGCU Out of the Darkness Campus Walk to a Virtual Walk to keep in line with the FGCU’s social distancing policy during the response to COVID19.  


We will NOT be gathering at the SOVI Recreation Center on Sunday, March 22nd For the FGCU Out of the Darkness Walk.


You can participate in the virtual walk at any time from any location on either Saturday, March 21st or Sunday, March 22nd.


An alternative to walking could be to create a poster or drawing, picture or video to share your message of hope and healing. You can share your pictures and videos of how you are participating in the virtual walk on social using the hashtag #FGCUOutofDarkness #CLASP #FGCUAFSP or you can email your photos to jrego@fgcu.edu


Any type of involvement will continue to increase awareness, fund scientific research, and provide resources and aid to those impacted by suicide. We can still bring the issue of suicide Out of the Darkness and create a culture that's smart about mental health.


We're so grateful for your support!




Dr. Julie Rego

Florida Gulf Coast University Campus Walk Chair

AFSP Southwest Florida






Promoting Effective Suicide Awareness and Prevention

CLASP Flamingo LogoCollegiate Life Alliance for Suicide Prevention

CLASP is an active and supportive coalition of staff and students who promote effective suicide awareness and prevention efforts that will save lives at Florida Universities and Colleges.  Our logo, a Pink Flamingo, is a tropical bird that is often associated with Florida and was chosen by our students.  The flamingo, is often seen in a flamboyance standing on one leg (striving for balance), tucking the other leg up under them (seeking warmth).  The flamingo is also said to symbolize the importance of emotions and their free expression, promoting being open to others and being open-hearted.

FGCU CLASP Representatives

  • Adaptive Services  (Dodie Jeter)
  • Campus Recreation (Chad Caldwell)
  • Counseling and Psychological Services (Julie Rego, Dennis Christoffersen, Jody Magras)
  • Student Care Services (Brian Bakalar)
  • Office of Housing and Residence Life (Sherrell Findley)
  • Prevention and Wellness (Lauren Strunk)
  • Student Health Services (Kristin J. Phillipine, Cheryl Swayne, Elizabeth Nino)


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SafeTalk Training

Tough Conversations

A presentation from FGCU C.L.A.S.P. Collegiate Life Alliance for Suicide Prevention. A free workshop that prepares attendees to be a suicide alert helper.

  • Notice and respond to situations where suicide thoughts might be present.
  • Know community resources and how to connect someone with thoughts of suicide to them for further help.
  • Recognize that invitations for help are often overlooked.
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide. 
  • Apply all the TALK steps: Tell, Ask, Listen, Keepsafe. 
  • Move beyond the common tendency to miss, dismiss, and avoid suicide.

Upcoming Sessions

April 8th, 9am-12pm SRHM 208

April 26th, 8am-11am SHS 

(For April 26th sign up please contact Dr. Rego)


Please sign up early, space is limited,

Sign Up

For more info contact:

Dr. Julie Rego, jrego@fgcu.edu


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Fresh Check Day

A Program of the Jordan Porco Foundation

A fresh approach to student mental health

September 26th 2019, 11:00am

Fresh Check Day is a celebratory fair-like event that includes:

  • Free food
  • Interactive expo booths
  • Entertainment 
  • Exciting prizes and giveaways

Fresh Check Day, the signature program of the Jordan Porco Foundation, is an uplifting mental health promotion and suicide prevention event that includes interactive expo booths, peer-to-peer messaging, support of multiple campus departments and groups, free food, entertainment, and exciting prizes and giveaways. Fresh Check Day aims to create an approachable and hopeful atmosphere where students are encouraged to engage in dialogue about mental health and helps to build a bridge between students and the mental health resources available on campus, in the community, and nationally.



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International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day

Saturday, November 21, 2020


Survivor Day is the one day a year when people affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. On November 18, 2017, there were close to 400 Survivor Day events in more than 20 countries.

All gatherings included a screening of The Journey: A Story of Healing and Hope, a compelling AFSP-produced documentary about the suicide loss experience, as well as a new follow-up featurette, The Journey Revisited, in which six of the original Journey participants gather three years later to reflect on how their grief and healing journey is evolving.

Watch the films — and our previous Survivor Day documentaries — Watch.

Survivor Day - AFSP