Suicide is a growing epidemic worldwide and one U

first_imgSuicide is a growing epidemic worldwide, and one University of Alabama sorority went above and beyond for suicide prevention over the weekend by letting people know they’re not alone.Kappa Alpha Theta held its suicide awareness event Sunday evening at the Ferguson Studnet Center on the UA campus. It featured a stress ball-making station and plenty of information about the often-missed warning signs presented in those who may be suicidal.Event coordinator Claire Dimitri said the event holds a special place in the hearts of Kappa Alpha Theta because they’ve lost two sisters to suicide over the past few years.“Suicide is something that has affected my life throughout high school, and I have known a lot of friends that have had issues with mental health and everything,” Dimitri said. “So for me this was really important to bring to the campus.”UA Counseling Center Suicide Prevention Coordinator Sarah Tarnakow said she believes the best way to combat suicide is to spread awareness.“Right now at the university, we are really trying to get his community kind of approach to preventing suicide so all students feel accountable and are checking in on their friends and are asking, hey, are you doing OK,” Tarnakow said.Looking for help? Call the suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255.last_img

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