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.
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