Awareness can save a life

By Hannah Smith 


Suicide is something bigger than people will make it out to be. Sometimes people aren’t affected, or don’t understand what they are going through so they can’t seem to find the emotions to feel for that person. It is happening, and many people are being affected because of it. Each year the suicide rate in the United States rises, from 2000-2016 rates have risen to 30%. That is 10-13 people per 100,000(American psychological association). As a society we can make a change. Knowing the symptoms, and how to prevent it according to, can make a huge difference.  

 Matt McDonald, who is the LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor) for South has some important signs students can look out for.  Changes in mood were a big topic of conversation.  

“Suddenly Withdrawing could be a huge warning sign,” he said. Examples include not communicating or staying in touch with friends as often as they usually do. A clear sign is the mood of a person “Sadness can sometimes be shown through anger,” said McDonald.  

Another main factor could be grooming and hygiene. “Grooming and hygiene can tell a lot about a person’s mental state,” McDonald said. Becoming less concerned about his or her personal appearance like clothing choice that has differed from before(  

As well as noticing the symptoms, it’s also very important to know how to find help for yourself or maybe a friend or family member.  

“Find ways to get involved, maybe having a job, or hanging with friends.” If things start to get worse, talking to a trustworthy adult could make a huge difference.  

“Student support centers at school are a good place to start,” McDonald said. The mental health counselors at south are Mrs. Funk and Mr. McDonald, located in the south office. If that isn’t available, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255. Noticing the symptoms and knowing ways to get help could make a massive impact in saving someone’s life.