Junior Promotes Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month. A junior, passionate about this cause, created a campaign the week of September 24 to promote helping those who may be struggling.

Elizabeth Murray ‘20 said after a family member committed suicide she wanted to raise awareness about the topic.

“Suicide is something that people are afraid to talk about and I just want people to feel more comfortable talking about it,” Murray said. “I want to connect people with resources and break the stigma that surrounds suicide and mental health.”

Elizabeth and her friends passed out lifesaver candies and yellow ribbons at the beginning of the week to unite the school community around this topic. Signs around school were also placed on lockers and a yellow ribbon paper chain was strung outside the guidance office.

“The main goal of the week was to make people more aware of the resources available and show that we stand in solidarity with those who struggle with mental health,” Murray explained. “The posters have the number that people can call or text if they are struggling. Yellow ribbons are a symbol for suicide prevention and by wearing them we show support. The paper chain was made up of prayer intentions for those affected by suicide and mental health. The chain lets people know that they are not only if they are affected by this.”

“Elizabeth's courage to be honest about such a highly stigmatized topic is the start of a movement,” CJ student support coordinator Susan Eichenauer said. “A movement eliminating stigma and quilt and instead emphasizing honest conversations within a community. Lives will be changed as a result. I admire her strength and honesty!”

Posted September 26, 2018