Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-old Americans?

Below are some common misconceptions about suicide from save.org:

“People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.”

Not True. Almost everyone who commits or attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Do not ignore suicide threats. Statements like “you’ll be sorry when I’m dead,” “I can’t see any way out,” — no matter how casually or jokingly said, may indicate serious suicidal feelings.

“Anyone who tries to kill him/herself must be crazy.”

Not True. Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane. They may be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing. Extreme distress and emotional pain are always signs of mental illness but are not signs of psychosis.

“If a person is determined to kill him/herself, nothing is going to stop him/her.”

Not True. Even the most severely depressed person has mixed feelings about death, and most waiver until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to end their pain. Most suicidal people do not want to die; they want the pain to stop. The impulse to end it all, however overpowering, does not last forever.

“People who commit suicide are people who were unwilling to seek help.”

Not True. Studies of adult suicide victims have shown that more than half had sought medical help within six month before their deaths and a majority had seen a medical professional within 1 month of their death.

“Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.”

Not True. You don’t give a suicidal person ideas by talking about suicide. The opposite is true — bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do.

At Loyola, we are committed to being men and women for and with each other. During Worldwide Suicide Prevention Week, Student Affairs is hosting a series of initiatives to increase suicide awareness, provide information about how and when to get help, and to allow us all the opportunity to support each other and remind ourselves that we are not alone.

Take Solace| Give Solace
Open participation piece
Sept 8-Sept 11
We encourage members of the Loyola community to visit the One Loyola Room sometime this week. Write or draw words or images of comfort, love, encouragement and solace for yourself and for each other. What keeps you going? What do you wish you could say to help someone else? Post your words and images to share, see what others have contributed, and take with you any piece that resonates for you. Participate online with @loynocares, #loynocares, and Facebook page: Loyno Compassions

Light a Candle: Worldwide Suicide Prevention Day
Sept 10, 7:30 pm-8 pm
Res Quad
Rain Location: Buddig, 12th Floor

We will be distributing electiric tea lights to all residents, faculty and staff and any off-campus students that wish to participate. At 8 pm, we ask that you light the candle and leave it burning in your window for the night, to show your support of suicide survivors, commemorate those we have lost to suicide, and make visible your pledge to be a resource for those in need. We will also be distributing information about how to assess risk of suicide, and what to do if you or someone you know needs help.

Reflection by Residential Chaplain, Heather Malveaux
How and When to get help, Asia Wong, LMSW, Staff Counselor, University Counseling Center
What happens when I call for help? Angela Honore, LUPD

STOP Suicide Personal Pledge
Danna Center
Sept 8, Sept 10
Pi Kappa Phi will be collecting personal pledges to offer support and to ask for help in times of need. Stop by and sign a pledge, and find out what you can do to help.

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