Suicide. It’s a word that holds much weight and, in 2019, talking about the topic can still be seen as taboo.
According to the American College Health Association (ACHA) the suicide rate among young adults, ages 15-24, has tripled since the 1950s and suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among college students. College can be hard for many students. The weight of school work starts to wear them down and being away from home for an extended period of time can also be difficult for some.
To bring awareness and provide resources for students, USF St. Petersburg’s student-led leadership organization PEERS (Providing Education, Empowerment, Resources and Support) created several events to take place during suicide prevention week. Including the “Healthy Bulls Bungalow” and suicide prevention training.
National Suicide Prevention Week was created by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year it takes place from September 8-14. The goal of the week is to inform others about suicide prevention and how to recognize the warning signs of suicide. Many students have been exposed to suicide from their own experiences or from hearing about it through others.
Being in a dark place and having suicidal thoughts is a very traumatic and emotionally taxing experience. Many of us feel hopeless at some point in our lives, but to feel so hopeless that suicide seems like the best option is something you can truly never forget.
For more information on suicide prevention and ways to help, visit the USF St. Pete Wellness Center or contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. For additional reading on National Suicide Prevention Week visit https://afsp.org/.