To All Members of the Campus Community:
Did you know that an estimated one in four adults lives with a diagnosable mental health disorder? Almost one-third of all college students report having felt so depressed that they had trouble functioning. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students, claiming the lives of 1,100 students each year. Sadly, 80 percent to 90 percent of college students who die by suicide did not seek help from their college counseling centers (Active Minds, 2016).
Sacramento State’s Active Minds Chapter and Student Health and Counseling Services have teamed up with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to host our sixth annual Out of the Darkness Campus Walk at Sacramento State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 6, starting on The WELL lawn. I am hoping that students, organizations, departments, faculty, staff, and community members will take this opportunity to come together to help raise awareness of suicide prevention.
As a Hornet Family, let’s join one another not only to remember and honor those whose lives have been lost to suicide, but also to raise awareness about the topic of suicide so that no student ever feels alone or is afraid to seek services. Together, we can bring these numbers down and be the difference in creating a safer, more inclusive community.
Register for free at Sac State Out of the Darkness Walk 2017. For more information or any questions, please email Jennifer Burton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Robert S. Nelsen