Voices Are Meant To Be Heard, Spread Suicide Awareness

Victoria Melgar, Staff Reporter

As stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 45,000 Americans die by suicide every year. Since it is Suicide Prevention Month, Schuyler Central High School Counselor Katherine Bertrand talks about awareness. Bertrand mentions some of the behaviors of people with suicidal thoughts are; talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live, talking about being a burden to others, increasing the use of alcohol or drugs, acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly, sleeping too little or too much, withdrawing or isolating themselves, showing rage or talking about seeking revenge,  and extreme mood swings. 

Bertrand  advises that the best way to help someone cope is by listening to them and letting them tell you what they’re feeling. A suicidal person  just wants someone to show that they genuinely care. When someone asks for help and admits they are feeling suicidal it is important to listen, make sure that they are currently safe, and make sure you take the proper steps to ensure that they stay safe and are being safe. Bertrand states, “I think it is important to educate people about the signs that someone is at risk for suicide and what you should do.” The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a resource for suicide prevention imformation. More information can be found on  https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org and phone number 1-800-273-TALK (8255).  

Schuyler Elementary Schools Physical Education teacher and Volleyball Coach, Nicole Cepel opens up and talks about her experience losing her friend to suicide. Cepel explains that there never were any major signs shown that her friend was suicidal. Cepel remarks that her friend was loved by everyone, “She was the kind of person that always made everyone else around her smile. She could cheer anyone up at any time. Her smile and laughter was very contagious.” When Cepel’s friend tried to speak out about being bullied, it was neglected because she never let anyone see how far it affected her. Cepel states, “If anyone else is in the same position of losing someone, just remember that there are many people around you for support. No matter how much it hurts, keep living life the best that you can and never forget that person. The past cannot be changed and life will continue to happen. Look for the good in every situation and be kind to everyone. You never know what someone else is going through.”