|Suicide prevention, awareness coalition to support
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicide is
the second leading cause of death among 25- to 34-year-olds, the third
leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds and the 11th leading
cause of death for all Americans. Every 18 minutes a person dies by
suicide, which claims more than 33,000 lives each year.
The major causes of suicide are undiagnosed or untreated mental health
conditions, trauma, drugs and alcohol abuse and dependence. The risk
for teenagers is higher because they are prone to acting impulsively
under severe stress. Examples of stressors that often trigger teens are
relationship problems, difficulties in school and pressure from parents.
MUSC Level One Trauma Center is hosting a Walk to Prevent Suicide as a
part of Out of the Darkness Community Walks. The walks are 1- to 5-mile
walks taking place in more than 200 communities across the country this
fall, with the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide
Participating in this event will help raise money for research and
education programs to prevent suicide, increase national awareness
about depression and suicide, advocate for mental health issues and
assist survivors of suicide loss. The walk is being held at 2 p.m. Nov.
7 at Hampton Park. Registration is from 1 to 1:30 p.m. To
register or donate, visit http://www.outofthedarkness.org
and under “team” type MUSC Level One Trauma Center.
The committee supporting this walk is working to form a suicide
prevention and awareness coalition with a group of survivors of suicide
and a multi-disciplinary team from the MUSC community and outside
organizations. This group, headed by Martina Mueller, Ph.D., assistant
professor in the College of Nursing meets at 5:15 p.m. every three to
four weeks on Tuesdays in Room 211 of the College of Nursing. For the
next meeting, contact Mueller at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
General information on suicide prevention also is available at http://www.afsp.org or the National
Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-Talk (8255). Locally the 211
hotline is available 24 hours a day for supportive services:
800-922-2283 or for teens 747-teen.
Wednesday: MUSC Level One Trauma Center and Safe Kids Trident Area will
be available form 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 13 in the university hospital
near Starbucks to discuss pedestrian safety.
- Introduction to
Pilates: A free Pilates class will be held from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.,
Oct. 12 at the MUSC Wellness Center. Participants will also receive a
free one-day pass to the Wellness Center. E-mail
email@example.com or call 792-4471 to register.
Friday, Oct. 15, 2010