The Truth About Suicide
If you're experiencing suicidal thoughts, you're not alone- even though it may feel that way.
- In a year, nearly 40% of college students will report feeling so depressed that it's difficult to function.
- 10% will report thoughts of suicide.
- 9.3% of Oregon Tech students reported thoughts of suicide in 2006 survey.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.
Are you experiencing suicidal thoughts? Concerned someone you care about may be at risk for suicide?
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
People have different reasons for thinking about suicide:
- Some see suicide as a way to escape problems.
- Others see suicide as a way to end insufferable pain.
- Some people hate themselves and think they deserve to die.
- Others see themselves as a burden to loved ones.
- Some see suicide as a way to test the love of others or get revenge.
Whatever your motivation for considering suicide, Oregon Tech wants to help you find hope and a way to cope with your problems. Oregon Tech offers professional counseling and medical staff who can help you create (or re-create) a life worth living.
It's interesting that often intense emotional stress sometimes blinds people to alternative solutions to suicide, yet other solutions are almost always available.
While some students see suicide as the solution to end all problems, suicide can also be understood as the problem to end all solutions. All too often, a completed suicide is a permanent solution to what might have been only a temporary problem.
Our Counseling Services staff are experts when it comes to helping college students creatively solve their problems and reduce their pain.
Our Student Health Center staff can provide medical assessment and medication related to emotional challenges.
If you're having thoughts of suicide: