Suicide prevention month raises awareness



Germany’s Daniel Altmaier comforts Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, left, after winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Jaylynn B. '23, Writer

September is suicide prevention month. Suicide prevention is important everyday of every year, but September shines a bit more light on the taboo and stigmatized topic. Suicidal thoughts can affect anyone of any race, age, gender, sexuality or background. Most cases of suicide are often the cause of a mental health condition. Even though suicidal thoughts can be common.

Suicidal thoughts usually indicate there are other serious issues. Kids, teens and adults suffer from mental health conditions, but they are not ready to have a conversation about them. In America 46.6 million adults were diagnosed with mental illness in 2017 and those numbers grow over time. Almost 800,000 people die of suicide every year,  according to The National Institute Of Mental health and The World Health Organizations.

“We can provide more suicide help signs at bridges and other places like that.” said Colton P.’23

Although mental illness is not always linked to people who commit suicide, the two are often correlated. The overall suicide rate in the U.S. has increased by 31% since 2001, and 10% of young adults say they experienced suicidal thoughts in the past year, according to The National Allince On Mental Illness. 

“I think your generation can make great strides in ending the stigma surrounding mental health and suicide by being open to discussions and seeking information readily available,” said school guidance counselor Lauren Wozniak.

Friends and family of people who commit suicide are often left in the dark, and shame and stigma can prevent communication.  An open conversation about mental health can be beneficial

“There is that shocking realization moment that someone you care about so much was hurting so bad, and they just did not feel safe enough to tell you,” Mia R. ‘23 said. 

September is a time to share resources and stories in an effort to spread awareness on the topic of suicide. This month is used to reach out to those who have been affected by suicide.