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September is Suicide Prevention Month.

As the semester continues to progress and deadlines are coming up, it can be easy to fall behind in mental health care.

As suicide prevention awareness takes place the month of September, the Oklahoma State and Stillwater community host events and communicate resources available to those who battle depression, thoughts of suicide and other mental health illnesses.

Send Silence Packing is an exhibit taking place September 23, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Life Sciences East Lawn exhibiting action for suicide prevention, connecting viewers to resources for mental health and starting action within the community.

Angie Freeny, a community relations and prevention programs director for Payne County Youth Services finds it important to offer hope to those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts or feelings.

 “A huge thing is to offer someone hope,” said Freeny. “A lot of individuals that are experiencing these types of thoughts are feeling hopeless and that nothing is going to get better, or nothing is going to change.”

The foundation for suicide prevention awareness is providing hope for people. By listening and talking with someone who is feeling hopeless, you can make a big difference in someone’s life, said Freeny.

Utilizing mental health resources on and off campus such as University Counseling Services (UCS), Call Sam, Grand Lake Mental Health Center and many other available resources is important when one is beginning to feel overwhelmed or hopeless.

“I think it’s important that mental health is not overlooked, especially in college,” said Gracie Jaggars, an applied exercise science major at OSU. “This is a time in our lives where we are in a new environment where you already kind of feel alone.”

It is important that students know the UCS along with many professors are willing to talk and help in any way they can. It is easy to fall behind in not taking time for yourself and it can be easy to fall behind in checking up on yourself, that’s when it is especially important to use the services provided on and off campus, said Jaggars.

Students and members within the communities find the importance of utilizing mental health services on campus as well as informing others about their options very important. To find more information on the provided services within the OSU community and events partaking for suicide prevention awareness go to https://wellness.okstate.edu/student-wellness/resources.html.

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