SC4 Program Aims to Prevent Suicide

Patrick Sullivan

Staff Writer

   Chances are if you are reading this paper, you are at increased risk for suicidal behavior. Among the 15 to 24 years old age range, suicide is the second leading cause of death, trailing accidental deaths.

   With so many students in this dangerous age range, colleges plan to make available resources for those that need help, and on March 31 they did just that with the Suicide Awareness and Prevention program.

   If you or someone you know seems to show signs of depression or suicidal behavior, the most crucial thing to do is quickly get them help.

   Listening and being empathetic are important, and remember that a suicidal person doesn’t necessarily want to die, but they may wish to end some pain or suffering on their part.

   Suicide happens along all age, racial, and social groups, and talking about suicide does not cause someone to become suicidal. If you need help, call the Safe Horizons’ 24 hour crisis line at: (888) 985-5538, or the National suicide hotline at: (888) 273-TALK.

   Above all, the event promoted awareness of suicide and that fellow students can be the first method of prevention.  If you or someone you know is suicidal, don’t hesitate to get help for any reason.

   The event itself brought together multiple experts, and groups to speak on the subject. The event was put together by student coordinator Kristen Richards and SC4’s own social science department.

   Representatives from Safe Horizons, St. Clair County Community Mental Health, Eastern Michigan Counseling Associates, and the St. Clair County Sherriff’s Department presented in turn.

   The speakers took turns informing students and faculty about suicide and resources to prevent it, and concluded by taking questions as a panel.

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