by ABBEY HOBBS
A suicide awareness and prevention workshop was hosted by the student ambassadors of the resource center, located in Friedly Hall, on March 15.
The workshop was intended to inform students of the myths and misconceptions of suicide, and to get people talking about the issue. “Our goal was to inform people. The myth sheet we gave out was very true,” says one ambassador, and TU student, Emily Keill, “Everyone has these conceptions like not to talk about it or don’t bring it up or it’ll push people further into suicide but when you talk about it, it helps.”
Keill explains that one of the biggest misconceptions regarding suicide is that people believe talking about suicide will only make others want to commit suicide more, but this is in fact opposite of the truth. Talking about suicide teaches you the tools you need in order to help someone in need and then you can, in return, teach whoever needs help those tools.
“Why do people commit suicide?” is one of the most frequently asked questions. Another ambassador, Gabby Santos, says it’s because people don’t believe that depression is a curable disease. “College is stressful and you’re trying to fit in,” she says, “You’re trying to start everything new and sometimes it just doesn’t go the way you want to and it can just go downhill from there. There’s so many resources out there that people just don’t know about.”
The workshop stressed the importance of knowing the resources that are available to students and how to deal with depression. They explained that depression is curable with a combination of talk therapy and medication being the most effective way to combat it.
Liberty Campbell, ambassador and TU student, encourages anyone who is feeling depressed or suicidal to know their options. “The resource center is a safe space for everyone. We don’t judge based on anything, it’s our job not to judge. We are here to listen and to be here for you,” she says.
If you or anyone you know are suffering from depression remember that you should not be afraid to talk about it or to get help. Students can also book appointments with a University counselor by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Counselling services are located at the Seneca House on campus.
video by JOE HARAKAL