UCF club to honor National Suicide Prevention week
"No one else can play your part."
Those words that play on your heartstrings make up the theme of this year's National Suicide Prevention week campaign.
The campaign will be held Sept. 8-14, and World Suicide Prevention Day will be on Sept. 10.
In recognition of both events, the To Write Love On Her Arms — aka TWLOHA — chapter at UCF will be hosting events from Monday, Sept. 8 through Wednesday, Sept. 10 to bring awareness to suicide prevention.
To Write Love On Her Arms is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people struggling with depression, addiction, self-harm and suicide.
National Suicide Prevention week is an annual week-long campaign in the United States to bring awareness to the issue by informing health officials and the general public about suicide prevention and warning signs of suicide.
The campaign also aims to help encourage the pursuit mental health assistance and bring together a network of support to show those struggling that they are not alone.
Data from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center shows that suicide is the third-leading cause of death among young adults ages 18-24 in the United States.
According to the Center for Disease Control, for every 100,000 people ages 18-24, there were 14.7 suicides in 2011. And according to the national TWLOHA suicide awareness organization, males die by suicide four times as often as females, but there are three female attempts for every male attempt.
UCF's TWLOHA chapter has created a Facebook page detailing the events it plans to hold this week in recognition of the campaign.
On Sept. 8, the organization will be tabling outside of the Student Union from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It encourages anyone who wants to learn more about the issue of suicide to stop by, help spread awareness and raise donations for suicide prevention, treatment and recovery.
On Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m., the organization will meet in room 225 of the Student Union with a guest speaker from the Counseling and Psychological Center. The counselor will speak on how suicide affects college students and how it can be prevented.
In honor of World Suicide Prevention Day on Sept. 10, the organization will have a display next to the library and Reflecting Pond to honor students lost to suicide on college campuses. There will be 1,000 flags in memory of 1,000 lives lost on display from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Students are also encouraged to join the UCF Active Minds organization to learn QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training for suicide prevention on Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. in room 204 of the Teaching Academy.
"To Write Love on Her Arms at UCF exists to embody the mission and vision of To Write Love on Her Arms. Through organized meetings and events, each chapter serves as a voice of inspiration and support for students and their surrounding communities," the club description on the Office of Student Involvement website states.
To learn more about the UCF TWLOHA chapter, visit its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/twloha.ucf. For information on the national TWLOHA organization, statistics and merchandise, visit www.twloha.com.