Come together to help #StopSuicide

Sept. 10-16 is dedicated as National Suicide Prevention Week by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. During this week the hashtag on twitter #StopSuicide is intended to encourage people to discuss how suicide has impacted their lives and different ways the world can come together to be more conscious of the invisible struggles people are experiencing.

What can be done at Loras College to prevent suicide on our campus and ensure that students feel supported and welcomed? It is important to note that for people with depression, it’s not only negative life experiences but also the everyday struggle of existing with a weight on their shoulders that has no real-world cause. This is a heavy challenge that some are required to live with, and hopefully thrive thorough medical treatment and conscious effort to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle.

Professor Bolton, a new faculty member in the Communications Department, started our Principles of Public Relations class on Sept. 11 with a call to attention for National Suicide Prevention Week. He emphasized that depression is something a person must deal with personally, and we as a community can support them through our communication culture. Be aware of the people in your network, family members and friends, and think of how your small actions will impact someone’s day. Choosing to be kind and personal in every daily interaction on and off campus is a small way we as a student body can foster a base of kindness in our community.

“Just be happy, focus on the blessings in your life,” is a sentence that runs through my mind when I am feeling overwhelmed with school and life, although this sentence will not work for everyone. Suicide Prevention week is an opportunity to reflect on how we act in our community and the extent that we are conscious of our own mental health.

The Loras College Health Center is located in the ACC, where students can seek resources for mental health maintenance. Every student, no matter who they are, is welcome to come talk about their concerns or difficulties that they may be experiencing in their lives. If you or someone you know needs help, please call the 24/7 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

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Patricia is a staff writer for The Lorian.

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