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Break The Silence

Last updated on September 1, 2022

By Victoria Shelton

The start of the Fall semester can be a stressful time for students, especially incoming freshmen who have found themselves in a whole new world.

Volunteer State Community College is here to help.

Vol State is taking a stand to protect its students by hosting Break the Silence which is an event to promote suicide prevention and awareness. Break the Silence will be in the Duffer Plaza (Gallatin campus) on Wed. Sept 7, from 11-noon.

This event is an opportunity for students to listen to survivor stories, learn about support resources, and honor the lives that have been lost to suicide. Mental health affects everyone and this event can help students to learn how they can help themselves or others around them in a serious time of need.

If you are in a crisis and need to talk with someone immediately, please call the suicide and crisis hotline phone number: 988.

Stress can have negative effects and potentially lead to mental health issues such as feelings of anger, loneliness, and hopelessness. These symptoms should not be ignored because in some cases, they can  lead to death by suicide if not treated.

“Suicide is a leading cause of death among college and university students in the United States,” with even more students contemplating or attempting suicide.  According to a report from 2018 by the American College Health Association. More than 40 percent felt so depressed they had difficulty functioning,” according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center,

Even though this affected almost half of the college and university students, not many students are willing to speak up about it.

Sarah K Lipson, an  Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Public Health, found a “135 percent increase in depression and a 110 percent increase in anxiety from 2013 to 2021,” among college students. This is not an issue that is going to go away on its own.

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