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Suicide Prevention Month
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Changing the Conversation from Suicide to Suicide Prevention
In 2016, suicide was the second leading cause of death or those aged 10 – 34 in the U.S. and the tenth leading cause of death for all Americans.
Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, or background and, although common, should not be considered normal and often indicate more serious issues.
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. You and members of your campus community can #BeThe1To ask, keep people safe, be there, help them stay connected, follow up, and learn more.
These are specific actions you can take to promote healing, help, and give hope. #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message to help change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention.
The average age of onset for many mental health conditions is the typical college age range of 18 – 24 years old.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 75 percent of all individuals with an anxiety disorder will experience symptoms before age 22. Other students, who might not have clinical anxiety or depression, still suffer.
Suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition and for most students, stigma remains the most significant barrier to seeking treatment.
Mental Health First Aid’s PSA “Said No Teen Ever” highlights this issue. This makes it important for everyone to know how to recognize and respond when a young person may be in need.
This month is an opportune time for campus community members to reach out to those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals with suicidal ideation to treatment services.
Credit: The National Center for Campus Public Safety