Students bring suicide awareness to college campus
By Jordan Howington| April 18, 2017 at 9:45 PM CDT - Updated August 12 at 11:06 AM
Students at A-State took a visual approach Tuesday to create awareness for college suicide.
They placed roughly 100 backpacks on the student union front lawn, calling it the backpack graveyard.
According to event organizer Kalista Holloway, each bag represented a student who has committed suicide in college.
“Arkansas is ranked 17th in the nation for the rate of college suicides,” Holloway said.
Holloway said according to statistics, about 1,000 students commit suicide in college each year.
Taking a visual approach, instead of having people read statistics, caught a lot of attention on campus Tuesday.
“I hope it has an impact on them and opens their eyes to, hey this is a problem because the back packs do offer a visual representation,” Holloway said. “Maybe it will have a stronger impact and that it does catch their attention more.”
Yellow signs hung on some of the bags that offered up college suicide statistics and contact information for the university’s counseling center.
“The counseling center is a resource available to students if they are having any problems. We just want to recognize those resources,” she said.
The Arkansas State University Counseling Center’s number is 870-972-2318.
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