Hanna Murphy

For me, suicide is a touchy subject. I’ve been able to support many friends through rough patches, and thankfully, to this day, they are still living. I believe that everyone has a right to live, and while it may not seem that way if times are tough, that just means you haven’t found the reason yet. 

 For the month of September, it happens to be National Suicide Prevention Month. While this may not be important to some, it may be important to others. I know for me; it is one of the most important national holidays. 

During the month of September every year, the Lifeline and many other health organizations, as well as several individuals across the U.S. and around the world raise awareness of suicide prevention, according to Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

Throughout the whole month of September, survivors, allies and people of the community unite to promote suicide prevention. Not only is the whole month of September dedicated to prevention, but there is also a certain day of the month that is set aside to remember those affected by suicide, this day being Sept. 10. 

When it comes to college, there are many students that come to campus with a prior history of mental health difficulties. In fact, 16% of college students report being diagnosed with a depressive disorder, according to a study done by Governors State University. I am one of those people, but after a couple of months of getting help from people and from my friends, I have found the will to try harder in life. 

 If you are struggling, reach out. There are tons of people out there that are willing to help you through the tough times. I believe that everyone has a right to live, you may have just not found the right reason yet. 

To schedule an appointment with the Student Wellness Center, you can call them from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday at 620-341-5222, or go to the patient portal on Hornet365. You can also call Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness at 620-343-2211, or visit their website at crosswindsks.org. 

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