Serious Issue in Need of Serious Support
Since September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day, I want to take a moment to talk about this serious concern facing not only our University community, but those all over the world.
Unfortunately, suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the world, especially among young people. According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention, discrimination and stigma can prevent people with suicidal thoughts or behaviors from seeking services. Together we can help to confront this stigma and lessen the barriers for those in need of support.
What can you do to help someone who you think may be suicidal?
- Be calm.
- Be a good listener.
- Be non-judgmental.
- Ask if the person is suicidal.
- Say that you care.
- Show that you care by getting that person some help.
Where should you go for more information?
- Call 911 if the person is acting out his/her suicidal thoughts.
- Rescue Mental Health Services – 419.255.9585
- University Counseling Center – 419.530.2426 or our website: http://www.utoledo.edu/studentaffairs/counseling/index.html
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Come join us on Tuesday, September 10 in the Student Union (Trimble Lounge) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to show your support for World Suicide Prevention Day. Be there to sign our candle poster to remember a lost loved one and show support for suicide prevention and survivors. We will display the candle poster in our office as a part of the International Association for Suicide Prevention’s candle-lighting vigil.
Stanley Edwards is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and has been the Director of the University of Toledo Counseling Center since August 10, 2010. Dr. Edwards has an extensive background treating individuals presenting with depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, personality disorders, and schizophrenia, as well as various other mental health disorders. Dr. Edwards has provided treatment for children and adults in community mental health centers, private practice settings, and at the University of Toledo. Dr. Edwards firmly believes that each of us can benefit from the wise counsel of others who care.
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