JAMES WAMPLER/ Staff Writer
Suicide Prevention Month Is Here/All You Need To Know About Suicide Prevention Month
Suicide is a growing issue that needs to be addressed, and fast. Luckily, peer counselors are running Suicide Prevention Month this October. Led by Kameron Stout, they are going into classes during homeroom to give presentations and hand out informational cards.
“Some classes will not be visited but will still receive the informational cards,” said Student Guidance Coordinator Joanie Lopez. There are only so many classes they can visit in a month, as homeroom is only on Mondays and Fridays.
Peer counselors are attempting to inform people about the issue of suicide, and how to help. Lola Ethridge, one of the peer counselors coordinating Suicide Prevention Month, said, “The main goal is to let students who are going through depression know they are not alone and there is help.”
Peer counselors will talk about how to tell if someone is suicidal, and what to do if they are. They will also talk about ways for kids who need it to get help.
Suicide Prevention Month is an important step in lowering suicide rates. According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, “Suicide is a leading cause of death in the US. Suicide rates increased in nearly every state from 1999 through 2016.”
Remember, if you, or anyone you know are/is suicidal, you are not alone. Go to the counselors or call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. Do not give up.by