• Angelica Bibian

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

Suicide is a big issue that people need to talk about more often. This month is suicide prevention awareness. Suicide rates has increased drastically within over the years. According to American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, “Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.” There is no leading cause to suicide but it often occurs when people are going through health or mental issues. There are tons of warning signs that people often don’t pay attention to. More people need to be aware of the warning signs to prevent suicide.

Warning Signs of Suicide

  • Talking about death or using social media to express how they feel about death

  • Threats about killing themselves like saying “I don’t want to be alive anymore”

  • Mood swings

  • Showing signs of being involved with drugs

  • Being isolated

  • A history of suicide in the family

  • Telling friends or family their goodbyes

At USF, the Social Work Club is having a movie night for suicide prevention month. This will take place on Thursday, September 13th at 7:00-10:30 pm in the Auditorium at Tower Hall. The movie that they are showing will be, “It’s Kind of a Funny Story.” It is a free event for USF students. They will be handing out free purple/blue bracelets to support suicide prevention. The director of the Counseling and Wellness Center of USF will inform students about counseling services on campus and other ways to seek help if they need it. This is a great way to more information about the services we have at USF.

If you’re looking get more involved in suicide prevention you can visit, https://afsp.org/take-action/

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