Suicide Prevention

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            Every 14 seconds someone in the United States commits suicide, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). This results in nearly 40,000 deaths a year in the United States due to suicide. This number is too high, and it’s up to you and I to change that.

            Rowan recently received a grant from SAMHSA to start a large suicide prevention campaign. So, I think it’s time to talk about what we can do to help people suffering from suicide ideation, and here are some ways how:

  • Get involved and become available. This shows support.
  • Be willing to listen, and accept his or her feelings.
  • Don’t judge him or her, and don’t debate with the person whether suicide is wrong.
  • Don’t be sworn to keep this a secret. You need to seek support before it’s too late.
  • Get help from a crisis counselor.

These are just a few ways you can take a large part in preventing suicide.

            Raising awareness by donating is another great way to help out with the cause. AFSP is a nationwide organization that brings people together from across the country to understand and prevent suicide. You can participate in their walks to help raise money or simply by donating. Check out the website and the “out of the darkness” walks here: http://www.afsp.org.

If you would like to get involved in Rowan’s upcoming suicide prevention campaign contact Allison Pearce at pearce@rowan.edu.

 

By: Justin Perry

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