During Suicide Prevention Month, UW-Madison students and faculty continue to foster dialogue about suicide on campus.Image By: Maximilian Homstad
Students and faculty confront suicide
September marks Suicide Prevention Month, a time when one of the most complicated issues facing society is brought more clearly into the public perspective.
Though suicide is often a taboo subject due to its heavy emotional charge, it is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Data shows someone dies by suicide every 12.8 minutes.
For college students and people aged 15 to 24, however, suicide is the second leading cause of death.
At UW-Madison, 9 percent of students reported having suicidal thoughts, and 1 percent of students reported a suicide attempt in the last year, according to the 2016 Healthy Minds Study. These percentages may be higher, since only 17 percent of the student body responded to the survey.