This week is Suicide Prevention Week, and today’s post draws information from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.
- Did you know that more than 5 million people in the United States alone have been directly affected by a suicide?
- Experts believe that most suicidal individuals do not want to die. They just want to end the pain they are experiencing.
- Experts also say suicidal crises tend to be brief. When suicidal behaviors are detected early, lives can be saved.
Services are available in our community that assess and treat suicidal behaviors and their underlying causes. If you or someone you know is experiencing serious depression and/or suicidal thoughts, please reach out to a friend, instructor, counselor, or one of our campus police officers for help getting through this difficult time.
For this year’s National Suicide Prevention Week (Sept. 10–16), the theme is “Take a Minute, Save a Life.” Please join Parkland College in supporting suicide prevention. Together we can reduce the number of lives shaken by a needless and tragic death.
[Ben Boltinghouse is a public safety officer with Parkland College.]