At Student Wellness Center, we are incredibly dedicated to providing needed education about mental wellness and suicidality. The Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention declared suicide to be a public health issue in the United States and defines a suicide attempt as any harmful behavior that a person engages in with the intent to end their life.
Sadly, suicide is the third leading cause of death among college students. As chair of this year’s Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month (SPAM), I hope we can collectively raise awareness and compassion in an effort to make it easier to access mental health resources on all the campus. Our theme is #BeThere for each other.
Suicide prevention requires a community effort. Lack of support systems and knowledge of wellness resources can have serious impacts on mental health. Various marginalized groups are also disproportionately affected by suicide, such as those who identify as LGBT, BIPOC, people with disabilities, etc. In Utah, young people are particularly affected by suicidal thoughts. Utah’s suicide rate has always been higher than the national rate. In 2019, Utah had the 6th highest age-adjusted suicide rate in the United States. For this reason, we are committed to serving all members of the student body on our campus and to improving suicide prevention education.
Some of the upcoming SPAM events led by our peer health educators and THEM Ambassadors include the ‘Coping and Community’ visual display in the Union lobby, a social media raffle on ‘healthy coping strategies », a guest speaker event on suicide in partnership with the University Guidance Center & COE, a stress healing workshop, STI/HIV testing, a soothing mantras activity, and a suicide prevention education panel led by mental health experts. More information will be published on our instagram account @uofuwellness!
There is a lot of traffic signs this may indicate a suicidal tendency. Some of these include: self-isolation, hopelessness, feeling like a burden to others, too much or too little sleep, increased use of alcohol or other substances , talking about wanting to die, and the heightened anxiety of carelessness.
You’re not alone.
Asking for help is courageous.
Please contact us if you or someone you know needs help.
Here are some mental health resources available to students:
#BeThere for each other.