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09-25 National Suicide Prevention Month: Colleges should do more to prevent suicide among students, feel experts

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National Suicide Prevention Month: Colleges should do more to prevent suicide among students, feel experts

Happiness comes from “WHAT” one does, while a sense of achievement is derived from “WHY” one does it. A sense of fulfillment seeps in “WHEN” one’s aim connects directly with their “WHY.”

The goal of receiving higher education and moving up the corporate ladder is what encourages most students to get ready for college admissions. However, admission involves more than mere academic preparation. Spending life on a college campus also requires immense emotional preparation. Inability to cope with the academic pressures or stress of living on campuses and away from one’s family, can result in many young adults feeling depressed and, in extreme cases, suicidal.

In the wake of the rising number of suicide cases involving young adults, experts suggest the need for colleges to focus on suicide prevention. Psychologists opine that the kind of trouble students face on college campuses reflects the inherent quality of the experiences they had faced during their high school days. According to Matthew Wintersteen, an associate professor of psychiatry at the Thomas Jefferson University, college counselors need more training in suicide prevention.

Despite federal agencies revealing disturbing statistics about young adults ending their own lives, not much has been done to deal with the problem. Though college students are mostly aged between 18 and 21 years, experts say that their maturity levels may be the same as adolescents who need help to cope with their emotional problems.

According to the American College Health Association (ACHA), roughly 23 percent students report anxiety as being one of the factors for poor academic performance, while 15.4 percent complained of symptoms of depression. The ACHA survey also shows that nearly 32 percent students have unwarranted stress, while trauma caused by the death of a friend or family member results in 5.9 percent pupils underperforming in studies.

Interpreting statistics to understand suicide risk

The ACHA data shows that 49.8 percent college students were afflicted with feelings of hopelessness at any time during the past one year. An estimated 58.4 percent students showed symptoms of overwhelming anxiety, while 16.5 percent were so depressed that they found it almost impossible to function in their daily lives. However, the most disturbing fact is that almost 10 percent students had seriously considered suicide any time during the past 12 months, while 6.7 percent engaged in self-harm. Also, 1.5 percent of college students attempted to take their own lives.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), reports that in 2015, suicide was the third leading cause of death among children between the ages of 10 and 14 years, and the second leading cause of death among people aged between 15 and 34. The pervasiveness of suicidal behavior has led Americans to observe September as the National Suicide Prevention Month. All over the U.S., health care advocates and federal agencies organize events and seminars to disseminate necessary information about factors that can result in suicidal feelings, and how to deal with them.

Reaching out with a helping hand

It’s not easy to apprehend the behavioral problems teens or young adults face. Guardians often feel flustered at their inability to understand the nature of problems their wards may be facing including mental health ones. In addition, college mental health counselors may find it difficult to share certain details of their patients. Also, students, fearing backlash and discrimination, find it difficult to share their problems, which impedes timely treatment.

Sovereign Health of Rancho San Diego provides comprehensive and holistic treatment for adolescents with any kind of mental health disorders. Our experts assess the gravity of the problems based on self-reported symptoms, in addition to other factors such as genetic, environmental and behavioral before initiating teen suicidal ideation treatment. To gain more information about our teen suicidal ideation treatment center, you may call our 24/7 helpline or chat with one of our online representatives.

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