Suicide Prevention Week

From: Public Affairs

National Suicide Prevention Week 2011 is Sept. 4 to 10. Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 15.2 minutes and is the 3rd leading cause of death among 15 to 25 year olds. It is estimated that 1,100 college students die by suicide every year. An estimated 4.6 million Americans are survivors of the suicide of a friend, family member or loved one.

James Madison Universityís Counseling and Student Development Center is partnering with Student Wellness & Outreach, Active Minds and other campus organizations to increase awareness of suicide on university campuses and to educate the public on how to approach a person that may be experiencing emotional distress and/or thoughts of suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.

During the week, there will be awareness activities at all home athletic events as well as information tables set up during the week on campus. Melissa Hopely, from the Active Mindís Speakerís Bureau, The Heard, will be speaking to the JMU and Harrisonburg community Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Festival and Student Conference Center Ballroom.