Suicide Prevention and Awareness


Jovenica Hodgson, Writer

We are half way through October. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn red. For most people, September was a dreadful month. A month of change. You go from sleeping in past noon every day, to having to wake up at 7. What do you think of when you think about September? I think about going back to school. Which sends shivers down my spine. To me, September has always represented going back to school, and the end of summer. That’s why I was so surprised to learn that September had another meaning. That’s why I was surprised to learn September is known as Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.

You don’t hear people talking about suicide much. Probably because it’s extremely depressing. It makes most people uncomfortable, and most people can barely understand it. When doing research for this article I was given my fair share of weird looks. One person even asked me if I was okay. I think that people assumed that the reason I was researching this topic was because it somehow related to me. Thankfully, that’s not the case. It just interests me. I learned that September was known as Suicide Prevention and Awareness month from Twitter of all places. It spiked an interested. Originally, I looked through Twitter to see what was going on, and came out shorthanded. When I was told that we had to write articles in Journalism, my first thought was to write about this.

The funny thing is, there’s not much information on Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. There are a few websites that are dedicated to it; however, all they really provide you with is phone numbers to suicide hotlines. Weird, right? You’d think, or at least I thought, for something so serious there’d be a ton of information. However, the information was very minimal. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad. You could search up something completely meaningless, like “How rich is Kim Kardashian”, and thousands of websites would come up. However, when you’re trying to find information for Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month you come up with nothing. So much for awareness, right?

My goal for this article isn’t to make you feel bad for not knowing. I wouldn’t have even known if I wasn’t on twitter looking for god knows what. My goal is to make you aware that this is a thing. Did you know suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens? Did you know that by the end of the day 11 people in Canada will die because of suicide? Most of us are oblivious to these statistics. I think that it’s safe to say that at this point in our lives most of us haven’t come face to face with the effects of suicide. However, that doesn’t mean we never will. I’m a strong believer that lives should be protected no matter what, but how do you protect someone from themselves? I’m not asking you to answer this question, I am asking you to think about it. I’m asking you to be aware that this goes on.

You can no longer pretend to be clueless. You can no longer pretend you didn’t know better, because you did. Now you’re aware of what goes on. Suicide is a serious issue. It may be rare, but it is still there.