Trigger Warning: This article contains information about suicide.
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in the United States. In recent years, programs have made it easier for people with suicidal thoughts to get help. During the month of September, programs, advocates, suicide survivors and therapists are highlighted across America to allow them to give information to the public. During this time, most social media platforms are flooded with information, facts, stories and contact information for people who are having suicidal thoughts. It is also a good time to learn the facts about suicide prevention, so you can educate others.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students. College is a stressful time for students, especially for those who have never been away from home for long periods of time. However, college life also gives you more freedom than you may have had living at home. With the amount of classwork and freedom, students may start to get stressed. Students may also get homesick or depressed for a variety of reasons. Stress and depression can lead to having suicidal thoughts.
If your friend is having suicidal thoughts or talking about taking their own life, do not leave them by themselves. Offer help to them and do not be afraid to call campus police or 911. Campus police can be reached at 706-939-1349 or 706-939-1349.
If you would like to talk to someone privately about having suicidal thoughts, reach out anytime to Dr. Gayle Robbins, Director of Counseling Services, at [email protected] or 706-778-8500×2821. You can also schedule an appointment with Dr. Robbins through Starfish.