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UHCL is now home to Josh’s Bench

Written by: Lauren Sawyer

University of Houston-Clear Lake’s (UHCL) Counseling and Mental Health Center recently held an unveiling and dedication ceremony for ‘Josh’s Bench.’ The purpose of the bench is to promote mental health and suicide awareness.  

The Josh’s Bench organization was founded by two parents who lost their son to suicide and have made a mission of reaching vulnerable populations by installing these benches to promote help seeking, instill hope, and increase awareness.  

Executive Director of the Counseling and Mental Health Center Cynthia Cook said the newly installed bench is a, "physical representation of UHCL's commitment to student mental health and the well-being of its community." 

Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.

“We want the UHCL community to feel connected when they use or see the bench. It serves as a reminder that despite all the darkness, there is still light. As the Desmond Tutu quote on the bench says, 'there is light despite all of the darkness,' even if one cannot currently see it.”

Cynthia A. Cook, Ph.D.

The bench was placed on the walkway of UH-Clear Lake’s STEM Building. 

For more information about 'Josh’s Bench,’ visit joshsbenches.com/. For information about UHCL’s Counseling and Mental Health Center, visit www.uhcl.edu/cmhc/