Philip’s Foundation is pleased to introduce Jayde Bello and Justise Quitugua, Student Program Assistants at the University of Guam’s I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program for the Spring 2013 Semester.  The salaries of both students, who work 10-12 hours per week at I Pinangon, were funded by a grant from Philip’s Foundation this semester.

L to R: Jayde Bello, Justise Quitigua, I Pinangon Student Program Assistants

Jayde Y. Bello joined the University of Guam’s I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program as a Student Program Assistant in August 2012 and is currently the Head Program Assistant, providing leadership and guidance to other students working for the program.  She is currently a Senior at the University of Guam and plans to graduate with a BA in Psychology and a Sociology Minor in May 2013.  Jayde intends to further her education by pursuing graduate studies in clinical psychology after completion of her undergraduate degree.  During her undergraduate studies, Jayde conducted practicum training at the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse and Latte Treatment Center.  Jayde’s research interests focus on understanding the cultural dynamics of suicide within Micronesia, and her Senior research project addressed perceptions and evaluations of suicidal individuals from Chamorro and Chuukese cultures.  Jayde plans to continue to study suicide in Micronesia during her graduate studies.

Justise A. Quitugua joined the University of Guam’s I Pinangon Campus Suicide Prevention Program as a Student Program Assistant in January 2013.  She is currently a Senior at the University of Guam and plans to graduate with a BA in Psychology in June 2013. Justise intends to join UOG’s Master of Science Program in Clinical Psychology in Fall 2013 and to pursue doctoral studies in clinical psychology after completion of her Master’s degree.  Before moving to Guam in 2010, Justise worked for seven years as a volunteer with Teen Talk, a nonprofit organization aimed at educating youth about drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, STIs, and suicide.  As a volunteer addressing suicide prevention with children and youth in Saipan, Justise was deeply impacted by the tragic loss of life resulting from suicide among youth in her home community, and became inspired to address suicide prevention in her future work as a psychologist in the CNMI.

 

In their work as student program assistants, Jayde and Justise are developing and facilitating suicide prevention education and training programs on campus, as well as organizing and facilitating suicide prevention outreach events.  They also facilitate Suicide Prevention Peer Support Training (60-90 minute class sessions) and organize more advanced two-day workshops providing Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), which are facilitated by community-based ASIST Trainers from the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse.

 

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