National Suicide Prevention Week runs from Sunday September 9th, through Saturday September 15th. This week is aimed to bring attention to World Suicide day on the 10th of this month.
You may ask yourself, why should I care, or how does it affect me? It may interest you to know that research conducted by the American Association of Suicidology found that suicide is ranked the third most common cause of death among individuals between the ages of 15 through 24, after accidents and homicides. That’s about 5,000 deaths a year, which is a cause of concern.
There are many ways we as college students can make a difference for this cause. The first and probably easiest way to get directly involved would be by volunteering in health centers, hospitals, and treatment or rehabilitation facilities. These centers give an opportunity to community volunteers to help by either providing assistance to patients in need, or by educating the public and spreading awareness. This leads to my second recommendation for students to get directly involved. Students can table on campus to promote public awareness of the battle against suicide, and the goals that government has in order to reduce it. Students can also discuss the prevalence of suicide among young adults, and what to do in case you detect signs of suicide among people you know.
For more information about how to get involved in such a great or cause or for more information about suicide prevention week you can visit Suicidology.org.
Blog written by Sergio Camacho, Student Life & Leadership – Student Contributor