Panthers for Prevention
Panthers for Prevention is a peer education organization. We host fun and engaging events throughout the school year to provide students with information about health related issues that are important to them. We focus on several key concerns, including safe relationships, safe alcohol use, and mental health, but our specific emphases can change as our campus's needs change. Because of the importance of our mission to Drury's campus, we have a lot of leadership opportunities for our members. Additionally, we collaborate with several other organizations on campus, including Student Union Board, Greek Life, Allies, V Warriors, Title IX, and Drury Security, and we're closely connected with Green Dot.
A coalition of Drury students, staff, and faculty who promote healthy choices, with an emphasis on safe relationships and safe alcohol use.
Meetings are held in the Residence Life office (FSC 108) every other Thursday at 8 p.m.
How to Join
Membership is open to all students. To join, apply online and attend meetings and events.
Office: (417) 873-7423
Smith Hall Residence Director
Office: (417) 873-7382
At a Glance
- Awareness organization
- Open membership
- First-year involvement welcome
- Bi-monthly meetings
- No involvement fees
- To join, attend meetings and apply
- For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Panthers for Prevention seeks to be a means of support for Drury students about safe alcohol use. We host events throughout the year and provide helpful information in fun and effective ways.
Alcohol Education Events
Keg on Campus
A fun and educational event held every fall to promote safe alcohol use among Drury students. This event involves a speaker on a relevant topic, root beer floats, food, and games such as Beer Goggles Mario Kart.
Late Night Breakfast
On the Tuesday of finals week each semester, the Commons opens late at night to serve free breakfast to hundreds of students. Students get in line up to an hour beforehand, and Panthers for Prevention is there with music, breakfast drinks, alcohol education information, and prizes.
Golf Cart Event
This event typically takes place around Halloween. Panthers for Prevention members drive around campus in a golf cart, handing out non-alcoholic drinks in koozies to promote Drury's Yellow Cab Connection.
Panthers for Prevention periodically participates in events promoting mental health, usually focusing on issues relating to stress relief as well as anxiety, depression, and suicide awareness. These events tend to be more variable and flexible than some of our other events and we often team up with other groups on campus to carry them out.
Mental Health Education Events
Every spring during finals week, Panthers for Prevention invites Drury students and staff to bring their fluffy friends for an afternoon of stress relief.
Ask. Listen. Refer. Campaign
Each year, Panthers for Prevention and other partnering organizations encourage students to complete online suicide prevention training through Ask. Listen. Refer. Students turn in their certificates from the program to be entered into a drawing for gift cards. Students also receive giveaways, brochures relating to mental health, and Panther Care Cards at lunch. Panther Care Cards are wallet-sized cards containing risk factors and warning signs of suicide and depression, and where to get help on campus and in our community. Please visit our page on the Mental Health Awareness Campaign for more information and for a link to take the Ask. Listen. Refer. training.
The free online training Ask. Listen. Refer. is available to all students, staff, and faculty and only takes twenty minutes. The training walks users through risk factors, warning signs, motives, and events of suicide and how to handle concerns regarding suicide.
Did you know?
College students face a whole new set of challenges and stresses. Some of these include:
- Leaving home for college is a major life transition.
- Family and friends, a student’s primary support system, are often far away.
- High academic standards of parents, professors, and peers can add additional stress.
- Economic pressure to finish degree and enter the job market creates stress.
Know the warning signs of suicide:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves.
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
- Talking about being a burden to others.
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
- Sleeping too little or too much.
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves.
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
- Displaying extreme mood swings.
How to get help:
- Take the Ask. Listen. Refer. training.
- Speak to our campus counselors in FSC 114
- Ed Derr (417) 873-7457
- Jena Steele (417) 873-873-7418
- Call campus security at (417) 873-7911 for emergencies
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Panthers for Prevention seeks to be a means of support for Drury students about safe relationships. We host events throughout the year and provide helpful information in fun and effective ways. Please see below for a list of some of our events and check out our Resources page for more information about great outside resources.
Safe Relationships Education Events
The Green Dot Strategy is a program to teach bystander intervention to prevent power-based personal violence. The program is designed to empower students, faculty and staff to say or do something when they see a violent behavior or a high-risk behavior that could possibly lead to violence.
Healthy Relationship Contest
Each February, Panthers for Prevention, in conjunction with Counseling, hosts a healthy relationship contest. Groups of two romantic partners, friends, or coworkers fill out a questionnaire about habits in their relationship. The answers are judged by the campus counselors to identify the relationships with the healthiest behaviors. The top relationship in each category wins a gift card to share.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Each April, Panthers for Prevention coordinates Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The month is full of events put on by different campus organizations all coming together for one cause.
- It's On Us banner signing
- Green Dot Bystander Intervention Training
- Self-defense classes
- Documentary night
- Denim Day
- And more
Sex on Campus
Each spring, the Panthers for Prevention hosts "Sex on Campus" where students anonymously ask any question they want pertaining to sex, human anatomy, and sexual misconduct, among others. The event is very humorous, yet still educates the students on many topics pertaining to sex and sexual misconduct. Other giveaways, food, and educational materials are distributed to the students.
- Alcoholics Anonymous: offers recovery programs for anyone in the Springfield area.
- CHEERS: offers free non-alcoholic beverages to designated drivers at participating locations.
- CHOICES: a brief alcohol abuse prevention and harm reduction program for college students
- Drive Safe Drive Smart: educates students on safe driving techniques and offers other resources.
- Yellow Cab Connection: Drury students can use their student ID for taxi payment.
- Ask Listen Refer: a free online suicide and depression training.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: call 1 (800) 273-TALK 24/7/365.
- Trevor Project: offers crisis intervention and suicide prevention to all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning youth.
- Veteran Crisis Line: connects veterans and their families with veteran’s affairs professionals.
Drugs & Tobacco
- Narcotics Anonymous: offers recovery programs for anyone in the Springfield area.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse: offers general information on drugs and alcohol
- Mo Safe Rx: offers educational materials and resources for students regarding prescription drug misuse.
- The Victim Center: offers services to survivors of violent or sexual crimes.
- It’s On Us: a White House initiative putting the responsibility on everyone to stop sexual violence.
Drury University Resources
- Office of Safety & Security: offers 24/7/365 assistance to any person or situation where safety is compromised.
- Counseling Services: offers 24/7/365 assistance to persons in distress or crisis.
Local, State, and National Resources
- Cox Hospital
- Mercy Hospital
- Community Partnership of the Ozarks: offers resources to our community.
- National Institute of Health: the nation’s leading medical research agency offers prevention research and resources.
- Partners in Prevention: a state-wide coalition offering resources to colleges and universities.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Trevor Project Hotline: LGBQT
Eating Disorders Lifeline
Missouri College Health Behavior Survey
The Missouri College Health Behavior Survey (MCHBS) is an online, anonymous survey that Drury and 20 other Missouri colleges and universities take in the Spring Semester. This survey gauges health behaviors and knowledge of students. Questions assess alcohol and drug prevalence, negative consequences associate with drinking and protective behaviors among colleges students. In addition, the survey measure other health behaviors such tobacco use, gambling, and risky driving behavior along with a measure of mental health concerns.
The strategic plan is a working document of the cumulative efforts of Drury University’s Coalition (Panthers for Prevention). It attempts to outline the strategic plan to address key problems related to alcohol risk reduction along with the strategic initiatives intended to meet long-term institutional and community goals. Four problem areas are:
- Underage Drinking
- High Risk Behavior
- Party Location and the Availability of Alcohol
- Ensuring Adequate Program Resources and Evaluation