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Hundreds show support for suicide prevention at Southeast campus

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Hundreds showed their support and walked around the campus at the First Campus Walk for AFSP at Southeast Missouri State University on Saturday.

Vendors were there as well for information on suicide prevention, and how to help. 

Speakers gave their personal thoughts on suicide prevention.

Honor beads were available for those who wanted to show their support for their loved ones. Each color represented someone they lost or for those that struggled.

Orange beads meant they lost a sibling; Red for those who lost a spouse; Purple for a lost a relative or friend; Green for struggling personally; Gold-lost a parent; Silver for a lost a first responder/military and blue to support the cause. 

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, in the US, a person dies by suicide every 13.7 minutes. 

A life lost to suicide is most often a consequence of depression, bipolar disorder, alcohol or substance abuse, anxiety disorder or another means mental disorder according to AFSP. 

Research has shown that 90 percent of those who die by suicide have a diagnosable psychiatric disorder at the time of their death. 

After the walk, support was also shown with a release of balloons for those who died by suicide and those affected by their death. 

If you would like more information about suicide prevention you can find find that at www.afsp.org

If you or you know someone that has thoughts of suicide you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK. 

On campus there is also an organization to talk to and help with these needs.

You can call for any counseling needs you or others may have at the SEMO Counseling & Disability Services at 573-986-6191. 

AFSP has a goal to reduce suicide by 20 percent by 2025.

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