Taking a class in suicide - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/26/10

Taking a class in suicide

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By Karin McCay| email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Imagine your child moves away to college, and calls home to say he's taking a class in suicide. Before you panic, the professors at Indiana University say they're pushing that class because of the rising incidence of mental illness at university campuses.

The theory at Indiana U. is that by talking about suicide, and studying why it happens, students will at least learn where to go for help, and other ways to prevent suicide. Professor Daniel Debrule, says "it's extremely important. We lose 33,000 lives to suicide every year and unlike a lot of the other many causes of death in the United States, this one is highly preventable, and we find when people are aware and accessing treatment, then their odds of ending their lives in suicide are greatly, greatly reduced."  

Dr. Debrule, and his colleagues at Indiana are in the process of creating the countries first undergraduate textbook on suicide, and suicidal behaviors.  He says he hopes this new curriculum will be adopted at other colleges and universities across the U.S.

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