National Suicide Prevention & Awareness Month
By Kylie Eaton
For The Southwestern
September was National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, and many college students have faced a drastic change during the coronavirus pandemic. Not only do students have to wear masks everywhere they go, but many are also are taking their classes remotely until further notice.
With the global spread of COVID-19 along with other societal challenges impacting the United States, it is more important than ever that we protect our mental health and take steps to prevent suicide.
Worries and anxiety about COVID-19 and its impact can be overwhelming. Social distancing makes it even more challenging, and it's important to learn ways to cope during this pandemic.
Mental health professionals say it is reasonable to be overwhelmed right now, but the good news is that depression is treatable, and suicide is preventable. Exercise, good nutrition, social support, and feeling connected are major factors for improvement. Take care of your mind and limit your exposure to news media. Therapy might be another valuable tool.
Students who are are worried about a friend or classmate should try to build the confidence to talk to them and offer help.
At-Risk-For-Students is a simulation to prepare you to lead real-life conversations with fellow students in distress and connect them with support.
This Kognito simulation suite, sponsored by the Office of Suicide Prevention at the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, address topics of mental health, suicide prevention and bullying, and how to support especially vulnerable students as a professional or peer.
Log in or create a new account
Use POV “University or College Student”
Complete demographic questionnaire
Students can also access tools and tips to support wellness during Suicide Prevention Awareness Month on this website.
If you or someone you know needs help immediately, call 911, text START to 741-741 or call 1-800-273 TALK (8255).