By Katie Haremski, Features Editor —
September is Suicide Prevention Awareness month. Hundreds upon thousands of college students fight depression daily. September is a not only a month designed to create more conversation but a month to spread awareness to those in need of strong and helpful resources.
Not everyone is overly willing to talk about their mental health, but conversations surrounding it is so important to have. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. A study done by American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) found that adolescents and young adults between the age of 15 to 24 had a suicide rate of 13.15 percent in 2016.
UTC offers free counseling for students. You heard me, FREE. According to the UTC website, “The UTC Counseling Center is committed to providing culturally competent counseling that is inclusive of our diverse student body in a safe, affirming space. We give consideration to the unique experiences and concerns of LGBT+ students, racial and ethnic minorities, international students, veterans, differently-abled students, and students of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and religious/spiritual beliefs.”
Whether you’re a freshman or a fifth year senior, college is oftentimes a place where it’s easy to feel alone. No one should feel alone nor feel like they have to fight their mental illness alone.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call 1-800-273-8255. UTC’s Counseling Program has a counselor on campus on call 24/7 that students can reach at 423-425-4357.