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SCC spreads message of suicide prevention


Suicide is one of the leading causes of death for young people, and Southeast Community College wants to raise awareness of the issue. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and the College is offering a number of ways to gain more understanding.

* Every Friday in September is QPR Gatekeeper Suicide Prevention Training on Zoom. Register at https://forms.office.com/r/J8R0Y8e4Qr

* Stop by the Campus CAPS office to see displays and read resources on suicide prevention.

* On Thursday, Oct. 7 at noon: Kevin Hines, survivor, storyteller and filmmaker, shares his journey navigating suicide and mental health. Hines’ presentation will be livestreamed. Click here to register. 

Kalika Jantzen, director of SCC’s Counseling Assistance Program for Students, said nationally at least one in five college students report having a mental illness. If that was applied to SCC’s fall semester enrollment, it would be approximately 1,800 students who fit that criteria.

“Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for people ages 10-34, and while that is alarming, suicide is also one of the most preventable deaths,” Jantzen said. “Efforts to give our time, care and connection to help a person who is at a point of crisis considering suicide are effective in preventing completed suicides. Getting trained in suicide prevention at SCC and our service area is free.”

Hines, the featured speaker, is known for his documentary, “Suicide – the Ripple Effect,” where he is candid about his suicide attempt jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge at age 19. He now travels the world telling his story about hope, recovery and wellness. For more on his story, click on this link: https://www.kevinhinesstory.com/suicide-the-ripple-effect


Andrea Gallagher
Communications Specialist