Does the number 13 mean anything to you? For many people, 13 is considered an unlucky number. This number is omitted from the floors of buildings, hospital rooms, and, in some cities, the names of streets. Many people and places try to avoid this number because of the bad luck it brings, but now the number 13 will have a new meaning to you. According to the American Association of Suicidology, almost every 13 minutes someone dies from suicide.
What can we do to lessen the frequency of this statistic? One way is to know that signs. Clinical researchers have come up with a mnemonic that you may have heard of before: IS PATH WARM. This stands for Ideation, Substance abuse, Purposelessness, Anxiety, Trapped, Hopelessness, Withdrawal, Anger, Recklessness, and Mood changes.
There are plenty of events to spread the awareness of suicide. On September 10, the campus is encouraging everyone to wear yellow for Suicide Awareness Day. The best way to go about suicide is to prevent it! Being educated on suicide and reporting signs when you see them is so important!
If you or someone you know is thinking about or showing suicidal signs, there are many places to get help!
The Hendrix Clinic and Counseling Center is available Monday-Friday from 8am-4:30pm. The number is 218-477-2211.
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7. This number is 1-800-273-8255.
Always remember that in emergencies you should call 911.
No matter who you are, your life matters and there is always someone wanting and waiting to help!