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Page 2--Thursday, February 1; 1979-The Michigan Daily
ADVOCACY GROUP FORMED:

Students worried about suicide

Soviets accuse Teng
of lecturing U.S.

By MARIANNE FGRI
Pointing to a recent bookstore adver-
tisement depicting a student holding a
gun to his head, Skip Linn, Co-ordinator
of Students Concerned About Suicide
(SCS), said suicide is either thought of
as a "sarcastic joke or a hush-hush af-
fair."
Linn, an LSA senior, and Susy Elder,
a Residential College senior, organized
SCS to function as an advocacy group
that will try to improve and coordinate
the suicide prevention effort.
"WE THINK there are inadequacies
in the system for dealing with suicide
and depression," said Linn, "and we
want to get student input on what can be
done about it."
At its first meeting last night, SCS
discussed the importance of getting the
facilities out to the students instead of
the students having to look for them.
Chico Rosemond, a peer counselor at
Counseling Services, who is also an

organizer of SCS, said the first move
would be a brainstorming session with
staff members of Counseling Services
that will help define specific goals of the
group.
"IT SEEMS the agencies available
deal with more severe cases, and
depression is a much wider spread
phenomenon than that," said Linn.
However, Linn stressed SCS would
not try to run the actual programs it
wants to start because the "students
aren't experts on the subject." It will
function instead as an organizational
group.
SCS is a Michigan Student Assembly
(MSA) Special Project that falls under
its services category. According to-
Chairman of Special Projects Joe
Pelava, this makes it a part of MSA and
gives it access to MSA resources.
THE UNIVERSITY and the com-
munity are well saturated with crisis
and mental health centers. According

to Jay Callahan, staff member in
emergency psychiatry at University
Hospital, "There are more (mental
health) facilities in Washtenaw County
than anywhere in the state per capita."
These agencies include the Univer-
sity's Counseling Services (CS) 76-
GUIDE (which is part of CS), the
University Counseling Center, the
Emergency Psychiatry Room at
University Hospital, and the Crisis
Walk-in Center (part of the county
Community Mental Health Center).
"Part of the problem is that there is
an overlapping of services," said Linn.
"It's all so confusing.. how is a
student supposed to know where to go?
Services like these should be clear cut."
Director of CS Harold Korn said there
was a need for "greater cooperation
between the various agencies on cam-
pus" and more effective publicity
would also help.
HE ADDED that CS and the Coun-
seling Center are very similar agencies
and said, "It's a matter of historical
accident that they are separate agen-
cies." Korn said some consideration is
currently being given to combining the
agencies.
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Volume LXXXIX. No. 102
Thursday, February 1, 1979
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One of SCS's major goals is to make
students realize suicide is a problem.
"We want to 'get everyone to be
openly aware of the situation and
thereby help bring down the number of.
suicides," said Elder.
However, according to Linn, this will
involve a "massive educational
outreach."-
BOTH RESIDENT Fellows (RF) in
East Quad, Linn and Elder said they
want to start with specific education
programs for dorm staff, faculty, and
academic counselors.
"I don't recall anything that had to do
with suicide during our (RF) training
period," said Elder, "and I think this is
very important."
"The programs won't, just be
workshops," said Linn. "We want to-
bring in professionals who will teach
techniques to help recognize the
problem and what to do about it."
IN ADDITION, SCS will try to
organize depression workshops for the
general campus and require freshper-
son orientations to be introduced to
counseling agencies. "It's important to
realize that we're just as concerned
with depression as we are with
suicide," said Linn. "That's where we
think 'we can make the difference.
Students react to events without
knowing that depression is a normal
thing and there are other ways to pull
through," he said.
Expressing support for- SCS, Dr.
Peter Davol, the psychiatrist at Health
SErvice said SCS will be effective if it
will help "in spotting people who ap-
pear troubled and bothered and direc-
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MOSCOW (AP) - The Soviet Union
accused Chinese Vice Premier Teng
Hsiao-ping yesterday of 'impudently
lecturing the Carter administration"
through his outspoken opposition to a
new U.S.-Soviet strategic arms treaty.
The official Soviet news agency Tass
carried the text of a major commentary
set to appear in today's editions of the
Communist Party newspaper Pravda.
THE COMMENTARY by Alexei
Petrov attacked Teng's comments
recently published by Time Magazine,
saying the interview "shows well with
what sentiments the deputy premier of
the State Council of China arrived in
Washington."
Meanwhile, Teng, who is on an of-
ficial visit to the United States, urged
the United States, Japan, Western'
Europe, and the Third World yester-
day, to join China in "solid, down-to-
earth united action" to thwart Soviet
aggression around the globe.
"We hold the view that the danger of
war comes from the Soviet Union," the
Chinese leader told a group of
American reporters.
Althoughhthe vice premier said
yesterday b did not oppose a new
Soviet-American strategic arms
limitation agreement, he added, "the-
people of the world should not have
illusions. They should not be lulled by
such agreements. What is needed is
more practical steps."
TENG CALLED for "unity" among
the United States, Western Europe,
Japan and the underdeveloped nations.
"Each should make efforts for
restraint" of the Russians, he said..-
Asked if he were calling for
collaboration, Teng replied: "I think.

this is a good thing."
He added: "If the Soviet Union inten-
ds to start a war, it must first seek
strategic resources and dependable
bases."
THE PRAVDA commentary asserted
that Teng's interview with Time was
"permeated.' with rabid anti-
Sovietism."
"He ascribed to the Soviet Union a
striving for 'military superiority' and in
doing so, he used mythical data which
even rabid anti-Soivetsers in the West
do not resort to," the article said.
It said Teng "vilifies the idea of the
conclusion of the SALT 2 agreement
between the U.S.S.R. and the U.S.A.,
saying such an agreement is 'of no
use..
The new strategic.arms pact, now in
the final stages of negotiation, would
limit the number of nuclear missiles
and bombers the United States and
Soviet Union could deploy.
PRAVDA DECLARED that "while
openly playing up to those.circles in the
U.S.A. which oppose the conclusion of
SALT 2 and impudently lecturing the
Carter administration, Teng Hsiao-ping
alleged that such agreements should
not be relied upon."
Pravda said that in the Time inter-
view, Teng ''attacked everything which
lies at the basis of the efforts of states to
ensure a stable and lasting peace.
Teng-struck at the Russians anew at a
luncheon meeting with American
reporters at his guest quarters and at
midafternoon with television inter-
viewers, shortly before joining
President Carter in the White House
East Room to sign scientific, cultural
Uand consular agreements with the
United States.

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