Posted by: lindseychristine | September 15, 2009

“Be Aware, Show You Care”

imagesAs I was walking to class this morning on this beautiful sunny day, I couldn’t help but notice numerous yellow flags scattered and waving in the wind on the lawn behind the UConn library. I stopped and took a closer look and read on a poster that there were exactly 1000 flags which symbolized 1000 students who commit suicide at college campuses across the U.S. each year. I was truly taken back by this. The visual display titled, “Field of Memories” most certainly caught my attention, making me stop and reflect upon how incredibly sad it is that such a large amount of college students take their own lives annually.

This thought provoking presentation called “Be Aware, Show You Care” was created by UConn student organization, Active Minds. It is surely important to be aware of the warning signs of suicide in order to take the proper steps to help those who may be in need. UConn’s Suicide Prevention website provided some heart-wrenching facts and statistics regarding suicide and college aged students:

College and Suicide – Just the Facts
~Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students.

~Nearly 1,100 suicides are projected to occur on college campuses this year.

~18-24 year-olds think about suicide more often than any other age group.

~One in twelve U.S. college students has made a suicide plan.

~The National College Health Risk Behavior Study found that 11.4% of students seriously consider attempting suicide.

~The suicide rate for 15–24 year-olds increased by over 200% in the last 50 years.

~About 12 young people aged 15-24 will commit suicide today.

The one statistic I found to be truly upsetting…
~One person under the age of 25 commits suicide within every 2 hours and 2 1/2 minutes.
(Source: http://www.suicideprevention.uconn.edu/)

Be proactive. Know the warning signs…you could save someone’s life.

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Responses

  1. Lindsey,
    Interesting that those yellow flags caught your attention yoday. Great job on reminding everyone about suicide prevention. Awareness is key to saving lives today.
    Donna Cunningham


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