World Suicide Awareness Day: You are not alone.


Citrus College recognized World Suicide Prevention day at the Campus Center Mall on Sept. 10.

Present were several programs like the health center, the Trevor Project and the National Alliance on Mental Illness who set up booths to offer help and outreach to students that might be struggling with or are being affected by suicide.

Cameron Sparks, 19, elementary education major posts a message on the suicide awareness wall next to the Student Center. The wall was an effort to promote Suicide Awareness Day. (Megan Bender/Clarion)

Cameron Sparks, 19, elementary education major posts a message on the suicide awareness wall next to the Student Center. The wall was an effort to promote Suicide Awareness Day. (Megan Bender/Clarion)

The Associated Student of Citrus College set up their “NOT ALONE” letter boards against the Campus Center to allow students to fill out a post-it note with supportive words to tape and stick onto the board letters.

According to the Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 – 24 year olds.

Vanessa Salinas, 20, ASCC executive board senator, and Jennifer Chavez, 23, a campus center employee involved with student life, worked the booth next to the letter boards to provide post-it notes, pens, support ribbons and support clothes pins to students who wished to show their support.

“It is important for people to know that there’s help and that they do matter.” Salinas said. “They should not feel alone.”

Despite the humid weather both girls were happy to be apart of World Suicide Prevention day.

“It is worth it to be out here in the hot sun spreading awareness,” Chavez said. “Younger generations should be the ones to inform the younger generation.”

Students spent the day posting notes providing advice, love or support for any student that may walk by in need of help.

Cameron Sparks, 19, elementary education major, said everyone deserves love and friends.

To find help or reach out if you are struggling with or are affected by suicide you can visit the websites of The Trevor Project, N.A.M.I. or the Citrus College Health Center webpage. See links below. You can also call their hotlines listed below.

 

 

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Megan is the Managing Editor and Ad Manger for the Clarion as well as a lead staffer and writer for Logos magazine. She has served three consecutive semesters as the editor-in-chief for the Clarion and is now focusing on supporting her staff and leaving a substantial foundation for future student journalists at Citrus College. Megan is currently studying for her associate transfer degree in journalism and plans to graduate spring 2017.


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