Multicultural Services and Programs advocated for yet another social cause by setting a table outside the Hulman Memorial Student Union on September 10 from 1 to 3 p.m. for Suicide Prevention Week.
It is the week of Suicide Prevention where advocates from around the world, dive more into making people aware of the signs of depression and suicidal thoughts.
At Indiana State University, MSP took some similar steps to go deeper into making students aware of those signs. They provided students with small goody bags filled with resources they could contact for mental health problems on campus, pins, and M&Ms with a note of love. They also set flyers provided by New Directions, an organization that assists people to prevent suicide, where they explain various ways to provide mental health assistance while social distancing.
MSP Sycamore SafeZone Coordinator, Breanna Pierce said, “It is very important to share your story because people should feel comfortable sharing their story and understand that it’s okay not to be okay”.
Some of the flyers provided information on how the most population of people committing suicide is from the LGBTQ+ community.
“Especially with the pandemic, people are scared to go find help, they’re very scared to see if there are any resources and I think it’s really important to reach out and to find a counseling center that works well with mental health issues. If you have any suicidal ideations, you should be able to talk to someone and understand that you’re not alone in this. We’re all in this together!” said Pierce.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggested that providing people with economic support, access, and delivery of suicide care, protective environment, etc., can play a deeper role in getting a person from deeper darkness and spreading positivity and hope in their life.
For any suicide crisis, call the lifeline at 800-237-8255 or text help at 741741 for 24/7, anonymous counseling.