Institutes of higher education across the nation are increasingly concerned about the relatively high rates of suicidal behaviors among college-aged students. Suicide: it is the 3rd leading cause of death during late adolescence and early adulthood (ages 15 and 24), following accidental injury and homicide. But 2nd among college students, making it a serious public health concern for ETSU.
People consider suicide when they become hopeless, feel helpless to change their situation, and see suicide as their only option to end their unbearable pain. People who are suicidal perceive suicide as the solution to an unsolvable problem, and are often ambivalent about dying. Speaking openly with a suicidal person communicates interest and caring. For the suicidal individual, communication can reduce anxiety and decrease the likelihood that the individual will engage in an impulsive act.
Knowledge of risk and protective factors is important. Please take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the following important factors:
• Mental illness and substance use disorder
• Family connectedness and school connectedness