Cardinal View: Training needed for suicide prevention
According to UHS, 9 percent of UW-Madison students have reported experiencing suicidal ideations over the past year. While that statistic is a single digit, think about it this way — in your lecture of 400, that means that just under 40 people have contemplated suicide over the past year. While the causes and factors that contribute to mental illness are largely varied and sometimes unknown, college conditions can exacerbate this already prevalent issue.
Suicide is a very real disease for college students across the country. According to the National Institute
As suicide is both far-reaching and
“People think — this is a common misconception — that if you ask them, ‘Are you considering suicide?’ that it’s going to put the idea in their head,” UW-Madison National Alliance on Mental Illness vice president Hannah Glasrud said. “But the truth is, if they’re thinking about suicide, there is no way you’re introducing this idea to them.”
This common misconception about suicide would be easily disproved with scientific research and education. However, not many people are informed on how or when to intervene in a crisis situation. Knowing the signs of someone who is demonstrating behavior that suggests they might be contemplating suicide is critical if we are going to make an impact on suicide prevention efforts on campus.“Eighty percent of people who commit suicide told somebody first,” Glasrud said. “So it’s not like they’re silent. There are cues. Eighty percent of people verbally communicated that they were going to go kill themselves, and did.”
Incoming freshmen undergo mandatory
A program for this currently exists through
By making the At-Risk training mandatory, we would enable many incoming students to recognize their peers who were in a mental crisis and help them to properly intervene. It would also educate them about mental health and suicide so that any societally accepted myths were dispelled. Incoming students would be armed with an arsenal of knowledge that could help them be more aware of a disease that affects almost 10 percent of the population, and ways to help those affected.
Suicide is preventable. With a more concentrated effort in requiring mandatory prevention and awareness
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