Suicide Prevention Month raises awareness of critical issue

By Casey Carpenter, Hawkeye Staff

National Suicide Prevention Month was created to spread awareness of suicide and takes place throughout the month of September to raise awareness of one of the leading public health issues in America.

Suicide can be defined as intentionally causing your own death. It is important that everyone knows what suicide is so that a proper discussion can be had in regards to properly treating it.

There are many things that can lead to someone commiting suicide, including bullying, a disease or injury the person doesn’t want to suffer through, depression and even financial problems. There are a myriad of things that can lead to suicide, but these examples encompass the main factors behind suicide in the modern world. 

I used to have depression until a few months ago, but thanks to my friends, family and counselor, I overcame it. If you have suicidal thoughts, please talk to your counselor, friends, family and the Suicide Prevention Hotline. The number is 1-800-273-8255 and the line is always open.