The situation of suicide in America

Connor Ludovice, Staff Reporter

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40,600 suicides were reported in 2012, which made suicide the 10th leading cause of death that year.

“A leading cause of suicide is depression, which can be caused by many different factors,” said Cary Knier, director of counseling services.

According to Knier, if you think someone is considering suicide, take all threats seriously and talk about it. Ask questions like, “Are you considering taking your own life?”

Also, communicate your concern to professionals, such as campus counselors, and call for help on a suicide lifeline.

Grace Vos, a graduate student majoring in psychology, suggests students look at the online magazine, “Student Health 101,” which offers tips on how one can keep their body and mind healthy while attending school.

Knier’s research has also proven many assumptions about suicide false. For example, many believe that suicide rates increase around the holiday season, but Knier discovered that the rates are higher in the fall and spring.

Another myth is that teenagers and young adults are the most likely age group to commit suicide, but Knier discovered this to be untrue.

“Suicide is actually the highest with ages 45 to 59 and males are more likely to commit suicide than females,” said Knier.

Students who are dealing with suicidal thoughts can speak with Knier by calling 920-565-1034 ex. 2387 or emailing her at [email protected] Alex Liosatos, campus counselor, is also available at 920-565-1034 ex. 2388 or by email at [email protected]

Other resources to contact include the Sheboygan County Mental Health Crisis Line at 920-459-3151, or the National Suicide Hotline number at 1-800-273-825.

“People are often too afraid to admit they’re having these thoughts for fear of what others will think, but they need to know others feel the same way and there are people who are there to help out,” Knier said.