Counseling Centers Reaches Out to Students

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. In America, 42,773 people die by suicide each year. For every successful suicide there are 25 attempts. The average amount of suicides per day is 117. Sept. 5th through 10th is Suicide Prevention Week, a national recognition of a deeply impactful issue that is often pushed to the wayside. The Student and Community Counseling Center is hosting an event on campus to not only raise awareness, but also to reduce the stigma around mental health issues and to help those in need.

The national recognition of Suicide Prevention Week was created in order to campaign, inform, and engage health professionals, as well as the public, about the warning signs and prevention of suicidal ideation.

To counter these burgeoning statistics, the CU Denver Student Counseling Center provides an essential resource to CU students and community members, with access to free or reduced counseling and even psychiatric prescriptions.

On June 8, the “Zero Suicide” bill was officiated to make Colorado’s healthcare system committed to a philosophy and program that has since decreased suicide rates.

IMG_8178Colorado has made great strides in terms of reducing the stigma around mental illness and supporting those who struggle with it. Advocates affected by suicide, or survivors, and health professionals rallied around the bill. September coincided with Suicide Prevention Week, and in an effort to raise more awareness and inform those who struggle with depression, the CU Denver Student Counseling Center is organizing week-long events in order to meet these goals.

There is no singular catalyst for suicide; it cannot be reduced to one singular cause with a solution, and it shouldn’t be. Mental health is an issue that needs to be taken seriously and not be diminished to a simple answer taken with a grain of salt.

If someone seems as though they are struggling with depression to the point that their coping abilities may collapse, it is important to recognise potential warning signs. For example, if someone is exhibiting strange behaviors that are unfamiliar or completely unlike them, it could be cause for concern. These behavioral deviations can be associated with a dramatic life stressor such as a sudden change, a death, or other painful events.

Many of those who struggle with suicidal thoughts and depression are undiagnosed, but their silent strife can be deduced from their actions or behavior.

The Colorado Depression Center, a counseling branch on the CU Anschutz campus, has an immense amount of resources on prevention training, anxiety and stress management, workshops, and help for those who are seeking it. All of these resources are crucial elements to aid those who may suffer from depression, or those who seek to help a sufferer but don’t know how. The events, workshops, and organizations also help reduce the stigma that many feel are associated with mental illness and suicide.

Keep an eye out this week for CU Denver Counseling Center events and workshops on suicide prevention. If you or someone you know is in crisis, the Counseling Center takes walk-ins all week during the school year. This is a time for individuals to feel heard, to help, and to feel safe.

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