The Paul Smith’s College Counseling Center and Suicide Prevention Group are joining forces to help prevent suicide and spread awareness of the subject. October is Suicide Prevention Month and we at PSC are whole-heartedly serious about this subject.

In 2013, 41,149 people committed suicide in the United States. That means someone, in this country, committed suicide every 12.8 minutes. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US, and of the total suicides in this country in 2013, 1,687 took place in New York State.  Overall, those that committed suicide were 77.9% male and 5.5% female. We all want to raise awareness and reduce those statistics.

On Sunday October 4 an event known as the “Out of the Darkness” walk will be held at the Oval Rink in Lake Placid. This event is run by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). The AFSP is the nation’s leading organization bringing communities and people together in order to help understand and prevent suicide. The PSC Counseling Center and the Suicide Prevention Group will be there showing their support, and we would be honored if the student body would join us! Donations are gladly accepted and all of the money raised goes towards vital research and education on suicide, and also to raising awareness of mental health.

Paul Smith’s College is like one big family and we would love the rest of our family to be there to show their support for a cause that we are sure has affected almost everyone on this campus. Here are some ways you can support the cause:

  1.      Go online and make a donation
  2.      Sign up to walk with the Paul Smith’s College team
  3.      Look out and support on-campus suicide prevention fundraisers (more to come!)

Here is the donation/sign up link page for the Out of the Darkness walk in Lake Placid:

http://afsp.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=3359

OR go to http://afsp.donordrive.com/ to manually search for an event.

***Remember! Showing your support by walking with us is just as important as donating money. Joining in the walk brings light to mental health factors that can lead to suicide and help heal the pain for those affected.

You can also come to our Suicide Prevention Group meetings! Fridays at 2:20 in the Student Center conference room (room subject to change so check your e-mail).

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