FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- While the temperature drops in the colder seasons, suicide rates tend to climb at an alarming rate.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggest that suicidal habits often reach their surface during spring and fall seasons.
Purdue University Fort Wayne's faculty and students gave insight on ways to fight the problem, especially among campus members.
The university's Behavioral Health & Family Studies Institute Director, Alice Jordan-Miles says, "It's okay to ask for help. It doesn't make you a coward."
Students and staff also discussed the relationship between the two, focusing on professors not being as useful of a resource if experiencing trauma themselves.
Dr. Brad Oliver of Purdue University Fort Wayne's Educational department says, "teachers need support for their mental and emotional health to better support students."
Human Services department students further agreed that empathy plays a huge role in helping their peers open up when dealing with trauma and suicidal thoughts.
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