ASU set to host a Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Improvement Event

WHEN: Thursday (April 18), from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Hardy Student Center; in its Ballroom-A.

Suicide is a growing problem in the United States and the aftermath of a suicide can leave family and friends grieving with shock and hard questions, which will linger for a lifetime.

To help address these concerns, the professionals at Alabama State University’s Counseling Center invites the campus and public to join the University as it educates the community about mental health improvement and suicide prevention during its “R U Good? Day” on Thursday (April 18), from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at ASU’s Hardy Student Center, in its Ballroom-A.

While the large majority of people with a mental illness are never violent, suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and the second among adolescents and young adults age 10 – 25 years-old, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Each year, more than 40,000 people die by suicide in the United States – and the rate for our veterans has increased alarmingly. On average, that’s 123 Americans each day who die by their own hand.  CDC states suicide is one of three leading causes of death that are on the rise in the U.S.

The focus of ASU’s program is to create awareness about suicide and mental health needs, and how we may offer help to those who need it.

The event is free and open to the public. There will be door-prizes, T-shirts and refreshments.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

 

Written by Media Relations specialist Hazel Scott.

 

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