“I want you to be alive” sings Khalid and Alessia Cara on a song titled 1-800-273-8255 which is the number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. In the United States, suicide has become a pressing public health concern. Overall suicide rates for 10-74 year old have increased from 1999-2014 with the rates increasing in adolescents and young adult age groups. Every year loved ones are left to deal with the unfathomable traumatic loss of more than 42,000 people who have committed suicide. It is important to note that of this number, 90% have a diagnosable mental health disorder. Over half of that percentage is attributable to major depression. Depression is a very treatable illness but it needs to be recognized to be treated. And when people are treated 80-90% respond well to treatment.
One of the most important things to know is that suicide is preventable. At Hofstra University, there are many resources available to help you or someone you know. The Student Health and Counseling Center at 516-463-6745 and Office of Student Advocacy and Prevention at 516- 463-6555 are just a phone call away!
Join us on October 22, 2017 for the Out of the Darkness Walk at Jones Beach at 9am at field 5 as we walk to help raise awareness and money to prevent suicide. Our goal is to raise $1200 as a team. Want to donate? Go to our Hofstra Pride team page by copying and pasting this link:
or you can contact team captains: Donna Willenbrock and Dan Rinaldi at the Student Health and Counseling Center at 516-463-6745 or email us at SHACC@hofstra.edu.
The individual who raises the most money is eligible for a Hofstra Pride gift pack!
Looking forward to seeing you there!