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Mental health is a priority amongst college students who are often juggling multiple responsibilities and problems within their personal lives. Students are bound to socialize on and off-campus, so putting on a “poker face” can become second nature when trying to conceal depression.
This significant week aims to spread awareness on a larger scale for the victims of suicide and suicidal thoughts, especially for those around them who should try to catch the signs of declining mental health.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers five ways you can help someone who may be considering suicide (#BeThe1To).
ASK “Are you thinking about killing yourself?”
LISTEN to their reasons for feeling hopeless.
KEEP THEM SAFE by separating them from anything they can use to harm themselves.
CONNECT to a support system.
FOLLOW UP and check in with the person regularly.
It is often said that mental health issues are flaws in chemistry not character. Although it might feel otherwise, no one is alone when struggling with the immense challenge of suicide.
Outreach doesn’t end after national suicide prevention week, there are many reliable sources of therapy, counseling, and healing offered to those suffering with suicidal thoughts.
Some sources include:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
If you’re uncomfortable talking on the phone, you can also text NAMI to 741-741
Attend a Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP), which can be easily found on any state’s official website.
If you or someone you know is seeking help please get in contact with Iona College’s Counseling Center, located the 2nd floor of Spellman Hall or by calling them at (914) 633-2038.