Suicide is not an easy topic to understand or discuss. We are left wondering what would motivate someone to take his or her own life. The question becomes more troubling when it is a young person who seemingly has so much of their future ahead of them. What could be so bleak that ending your life seems to be the only solution?
As Press staff writer Rex Barber reported in Wednesday’s paper, about 1,100 college students took their own lives last year.
Students and faculty at East Tennessee State University have called attention to this fact by planting small black flags in the school’s amphitheater in observance of National Suicide Prevention Week.
Today is also National Mental Health Day, and Saturday will be observed as the international day for recognizing and preventing suicide.
The ETSU PEAKS (Prevention through Education, Awareness and Knowledge of Suicide) group will be helping in the week’s activities.
There are no easy answers when it comes to suicide. Its causes can range from depression to desperation. Even so, there is help to be had for those who might be contemplating suicide. ETSU has many resources available to troubled students, including a campus counseling center, behavioral health and wellness clinics and a military veterans center.
It’s important for those with suicidal thoughts to know they are not alone and that there are people who want to help them.