September is National Suicide Prevention Month. Mental health advocates, survivors, allies, students and community members will come together to promote suicide prevention awareness. This year, National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8 -14, 2019. This is the week surrounding World Suicide Prevention Day which is September 10th and it is a time to remember those affected by suicide, raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention. It is also a time to focus efforts on providing treatment and resources to individuals who need it the most. It is important to focus on suicide prevention everyday not just on suicide prevention day. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, anyone can experience suicidal thoughts regardless of age, gender, status or background. According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in 2017, approximately 47,173 Americans died by suicide, and in 2019, it’s estimated that one person dies by suicide every six hours in the state of Georgia . According to Active minds, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. There are many things you can do to help raise awareness and help with suicide prevention efforts.
Know the Warning Signs of Suicide:
- Threats or comments about killing themselves. These comments can even be passive, such as I wish I wasn’t here.
- Feeling helpless
- Increased irritability
- Mood swings
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and activities
- Talking, writing, thinking or searching online about death
- Impulsive or reckless behavior
- Giving away prized possessions
So, What Can We Do to Help?
Reach out, listen, offer hope and resources. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s #BeThe1To campaign highlights five evidence supported action steps that we can all take to help prevent suicide. They include: ask questions to help you know how to help, keep the person safe, be there, help the person connect to mental health care and follow up. The Georgia State University Counseling Center offers free training for students who would like to learn how they can save a life. The training, called QPR, teaches people to question, persuade, and refer others who are feeling suicidal. The training is 90 minutes and offered monthly. Call 404-413-1960 if you would like to sign up. Students who know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts should encourage them to seek help immediately and be assessed for risk. The Georgia State University Counseling Center offers free counseling for students and emergency walk in services Monday through Friday except holidays. The Georgia State University Counseling Center after-hours crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 404-413-1640. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255) has counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days per week.
For imminent life-threatening situations call 911 or if on campus call the campus police at 404-413-3333.
The Counseling and Testing Center also offers WellTrack, an easy-to-use online resource to help reduce depression and anxiety symptoms. To get started today, visit Welltrack and use the access code: BeWell. The center also offers Mind Body Services, free guided meditations and relaxation techniques available to all students.
- Half of Us: Find Help Now
- U-Lifeline Self-Evaluator
- The Trevor Project
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