Be aware, show you care

Stephanie Thompson
Staff Writer

The week of September 10th through September 16th people across the country bound together for National Suicide Prevention Week. Suicide is preventable, yet daily in the U.S., people are taking their own lives because they and the people around them aren’t aware of a problem.  Facebook, Twitter and other news feeds posted relative content that has touched hearts everywhere. The hope is that after spreading awareness, people will be able to help in some way or another, whether it’s supporting a friend who has thought about suicide, or supporting friends or family that have lost someone from suicide. Suicide is a growing problem. As human beings, our lives don’t come with a manual of how life will go; stress, depression, anxiety, pressure, or bullying and more are all causes of suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Week: College & Suicide, JUST THE FACTS

  1. Suicide is preventable.
  2. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.
  3. Nearly 1,100 suicides are projected to occur on college campuses this year.
  4. 18-24 year-olds think about suicide more often than any other age group.
  5. One in twelve U.S. college students has made a suicide plan.
  6. The National College Health Risk Behavior Study found that 11.4% of students seriously consider attempting suicide.
  7. About 12 young people aged 15-24 will commit suicide today.
  8. One person under the age of 25 commits suicide within every 2 hours and 2 1/2 minutes.

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