JMU Boosts Awareness During Suicide Prevention Day

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG,Va. (WHSV) -- It's suicide prevention week and today is suicide prevention day.

JMU has a multitude of resources when it comes to counseling and student support. There are groups of students that even take training courses to help their peers.

This year the counseling and student development center put together a quilt made of inspirational tiles. Students each made a square to encourage and let other students know they are being supported.

Jane Wiggins, the Director of the Campus Suicide Prevention Center for all of Virginia, said the support like this from universities puts college students at less risk for suicide.

"Suicide is about overwhelming circumstances and help them through those moments. The window of high risk for many people can be just 10 or 15 minutes and if we can help them through those dark moments, we can save lives," said Wiggins.

Wiggins said that people ages 18 to 25 that are not in school have twice the risk of suicide.

"It's across the age spectrum, it's across the socioeconomic spectrum and it's important for us to think of lots of ways to do suicide prevention, in addition to working in school and college campus settings," said Wiggins.

She said the readily available college friendships and ample counseling services reduce those risks.

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