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The Lookout | April 19, 2021

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Editorial: seriousness of suicide

Editorial: seriousness of suicide
  • On September 12, 2019

The circumstances that lead individuals to commit suicide are undoubtedly complex, sensitive and immensely painful. At The Lookout, we strive to view suicide victims through humanistic eyes.

September is suicide prevention awareness month. Suicide is a serious tragedy that affects and touches all of us. Every suicide results in the loss of a unique and preciously valuable human life.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the second leading cause of death among individuals aged 10 to 34. In the United States, it is estimated there are more than one million suicide attempts every year.

We must be consciously aware that anyone can be contemplating suicide and simultaneously exhibit an outwardly happy demeanor. However, research has unearthed that certain characteristics can be indicators that someone is suicidal.

These characteristics include sudden changes in personality, previous history with mental illness and withdrawal from loved ones.

If you or anyone you know is contemplating suicide, or giving you cause to suspect they might be, we implore you to seek help.

LCC offers many free mental health resources, including counseling, to all students. Counselors are available to discuss any sort of personal issue, including relationship difficulties, substance abuse and depression.

Let’s be mindful of the seriousness of this growing epidemic. Our attitudes and compassion toward others can sincerely make the difference between life and death.