Suicide is a problem in the United States. With over 34,000 suicides each year, it is a matter to be taken seriously. According to CBS, every year there are 14.3 suicides in Utah per 100,000.
On November 21, from seven to nine PM at the Sevier Valley Center, Kevin Hines and Kevin Briggs will be giving a presentation about suicide awareness and prevention. It is free and open to the public.
According to hope4utah.com, those contemplating suicide almost always display warning signs. Those warning signs include signs of depression, behavior changes, aggravation or anxiety, isolation, and taking excessive risks.
When someone is displaying the warning signs of suicide, it’s important to ask them if they are contemplating it. On helpguide.org it states: “Talking openly about suicidal thoughts and feelings can save a life.” Discussing suicidal feelings helps relieve anxiety, according to the Commack School District in New York.
There are things that can be done in order to help those who are thinking about suicide. One of those things is to create a safe and non-threatening environment for everyone. Any type of bullying or ridiculing destroys safe environments.
Kindness and caring is another way to help those who are depressed. Truly listening to the person will make them feel important and will help them see that they are valued. Helpguide.org states, “Most people who commit suicide don’t want to die, they just want to stop hurting.”
For anyone seeking additional help, Snow College has a Wellness Center located in the Social Science building that is free to students who are need help with stress, anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts. The counselors are there from nine to four and will talk to anyone who wants to see them.