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SUICIDE PREVENTION WEEK HELPING ERASE THE STIGMA

you may not know it, but suicide is one of the highest causes of death in indiana and ohio

Posted: Sep 11, 2019 12:23 PM
Updated: Sep 11, 2019 12:23 PM

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you may not know it, but suicide is one of the highest causes of death in indiana and ohio. the c-d-c says suicide is the tenth most common cause of death in indiana and 11th in ohio.the rate is even higher among college aged students. on this first day of national suicide week, fox 55's caleb saylor brings us more information for those struggling with mental health. in some social circles, there's a stigma surrounding suicide and mental health issues one of those circles is college students. suicide is the 2nd highest cause of death among typical college aged students. for freshman alyssa anzelmo, she knows her classmates feel the pressure of school and social media "there's a lot of things on your plate and if you get something wrong, then you feel like "oh it's the end of the world" you can't get back up again when in reality you can, you can always come back up from your mistakes, but a lot of people when you feel like you mess up you can't get out of that hole."purdue fort wayne is hosting a number of activities this week to get the community talking about mental health, trying to erase the stigma "i think that stigma is still a problem. the programs have increased and the increasing part of this is awareness and training. part of that is simply, right up front, reduce the stigma. there's still a stigma to have mental health needs."it can be hard to recognize the signs of suicide in a college student, who is trying to support themselves, maybe for the first time. chris kiester with parkview behavioral health says you should look out for the following signs "one of the biggest things to look for is a change in behavior, whether that's increased isolation, withdrawn, loss of interest in activities they normally enjoy. of course, sadness, crying all of those things."so if you're concerned about your college-aged student, make sure to talk to them on a regular basis, and encourage them to seek assistance. in fort wayne, caleb saylor fox 55 news 3 the activities taking place this week on the purdue fort wayne campus are open to the public.we'll
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