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NAB raises awareness through Suicide Prevention Week

Published 9/13/17

Trista Vaughn

TNE Writer

This week brings awareness to the seriousness of an issue that has become prevalent in today’s society. As social media, TV shows, and news channels broadcast tragic stories of suicide, it is becoming more important for individuals to be able to identify signs of suicide. September is suicide prevention month. The Northeastern Activities Board wanted to dedicate one week during this month to spread awareness on campus.

NAB will kick off its first Suicide Prevention Awareness Week Sept. 11–15. The main event during Suicide Prevention Awareness Week is the guest speaker Corey Craig. He will speak at 7 p.m., Sept. 13 at Second Century Square.

A guest speaker gives students a chance to hear about a touchy subject from someone else’s perspective. Students who may have felt alone in dealing with their feelings or losing their loved one to suicide are made to feel like they matter and they are not alone.

Emily Christie, Stilwell sophomore, is the coordinator for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. This event has a special place in her heart.

“The reason why I wanted to organize this event was because my grandfather committed suicide and it really devastated me and my family,” said Christie. “I want people to know that you matter to this world and that you are worth it.”

Many college students who have thought about committing suicide have trouble speaking up about it. Hawkreach is a on campus counseling service that is confidential and free for enrolled students.

They offer many services including helping with depression and anxiety. They help with decisions regarding a major, other classroom issues and adjustment issues. Hawkreach can help address mental health issues, grief, trauma, relationship problems, dating and sexual violence. There are also services that help with pre and post deployment, other veterans issues and crisis response.

“We need to bring more awareness about college students having suicidal thoughts,” Renee Valcarcel, full-time Hawkreach counselor. “Studies have shown that 1 out of 4 people have had a serious thought about killing oneself.”

At HawkReach, no one has to have a mental issue to speak with a professional.

 “We are here for students,” said Valcarcel. “People tend to think that at HawkReach you have to have a serious issue to come see us. You can come to us if you just want to vent about your day.”

Hawkreach is available for walk-ins and by appointment all semester long. Hawkreach is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Hawkreach is located in Room 99 of the Leoser Complex.

“Suicide prevention is a very important topic that deserves as much attention as it can get because it can save someone's life,” said Sarah Johnson, coordinator of campus activities. “Students dealing with this issue are not alone and NSU offers great resources available to them.”

For more information about the event, email Christie at christ29@nsuok.edu.

For more information about suicide prevention, visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

 


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