Preventing suicide on campus

Suicide prevention on campus

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Monday is World Suicide Prevention Day, and a new organization is spreading across the country on college campuses to help students climb out of depression before they reach a crisis point.

The group is called Active Minds. It's not peer-to-peer counseling, but a club raising awareness and it creates a safe place for people to talk about mental health issues.

Alison Malmon, an Active Minds member, says "The shear presence of Active Minds at a school increases awareness, decreases stigma, and changes behaviors ."

With Active Minds chapters on 450 campuses nationwide, here's what that organization has learned ...  that 67 percent of students tell a  friend they are feeling suicidal before telling anyone else...      and that 50% of us will experience a mental health condition in our lifetime.

If you or someone you know needs help, there's a National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

There's also a crisis text line.  Just text 741 741.

Also, a lot of families are hoping you'll mark this on your calendar...

The suicide prevention walk called "Out of the Darkness" is set for october 14th in Lubbock.

The registration website is afsp.donordrive.com.

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