Image courtesy of St. Mary's College of Maryland

Stomp Out Stigma 5K for Suicide Awareness and Prevention A 2019 NASPA Outstanding Peer Education Program

By: Michael Bruckler, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

St. Mary’s City, MD- A St. Mary’s College event, Stomp Out Stigma 5K for Suicide Awareness and Prevention, has been recognized as a 2019 NASPA Outstanding Peer Education Program.

Each year, NASPA/Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education honor some of the best undergraduate peer educators addressing health, safety, and well-being issues on college and university campuses. The Outstanding Peer Education Program awards are given to peer educators that contribute to campus peer education efforts and demonstrate academic successes and leadership.

NASPA was “very proud to recognize St. Mary’s College for exemplary work with peer education this past year.”

Stomp Out Stigma 5K for Suicide Awareness and Prevention has been held annually in the fall for the past six years and is organized by the Peer Health Educators. The main event is an untimed 5K around the campus. As with other races, participants of the 5K wear race bibs – however, the bibs at the Stomp Out Stigma 5K feature statistics related to suicide in our country – an idea Assistant Director of Public Safety Chris Coons came up with several years ago. 

Before and after the event, participants can visit one of the tables set up in the registration area to learn about on-campus mental health resources, get a chance to “stomp out a stigma” related to mental health, and get a temporary semicolon tattoo in support of those who have struggled with suicidal ideation.

The event continues to be an opportunity for the campus to come together in support of mental health.  Each year, students (including student-athletes), staff, faculty, and community members participate in the event.

Peer Health Educator Fellow Lily Folts ’20 said, “It’s so exciting to be recognized for all the hard work the Peer Health Educators and our supervisor, Emily Lamoreau (SMCM staff therapist), put into the Stomp Out Stigma 5K! Our event wouldn’t be a success without the participation of students, faculty, staff, and community members.” 


The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II




© 2019 The Southern Maryland Chronicle. All Rights Reserved. This website is not intended for users located within the European Economic Area.