Team #1- Suicide and Self Harm Prevention

Most people would agree that it is the responsibility of a group member to look out for the best interests and safety of other group members. A pack of wolves is a prime example of this. According to defenders.org, some wolves may sacrifice their own lives to save the rest of the pack. Consider a team of any kind, specifically ones where a situation could escalate to violence such as baseball or football. If one team member gets involved in an altercation with an opponent, the entire team comes to his or her defense. It is logical to assume that the human race should be no different. It is our responsibility to care for other humans. According to the World Health Organization, approximately one million people commit suicide each year across the nation. For each individual who takes his or her own life, there are at least twenty people who attempt to. Mentalhealthamerica.net says Research indicates that self-injury occurs in approximately as many as 4% of adults in the United States. Rates are higher among adolescents, who seem to be at an increased risk for self-injury, with approximately 15% of teens reporting some form of self-injury. Studies show an even higher risk for self-injury among college students, with rates ranging from 17%-35%. Anyone would agree that these statistics are too high, especially because we, as humans, have the power to stop this. The common denominator between all victims of self-harm is usually deep emotional pain. People harm themselves mainly because of low self-confidence and bullying. There is usually a common fear of being an outcast, or feeling different because of a certain situation or circumstance. The statistics stated above would be a fraction of what they are now if everyone would stop discriminating and bullying. Why is being different always looked at as such a bad thing? Rather than making someone feel like a reject, would it be that difficult to use that energy to brighten someone’s day instead? Think about the feeling you get when a random stranger goes out of his or her way to perform a random act of kindness. It feels pretty good right? It probably has the power to change your mood instantly. In my opinion, it is vital that any group explores methods on how to lower the number of people affected by self-harm and suicide. The goal should be to deplete those numbers to zero eventually, and humans have the power to accomplish that.

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4 thoughts on “Team #1- Suicide and Self Harm Prevention

  1. I think that this would be an excellent topic to advocate change on! This is a very important topic in our society, and is sadly an issue that has shown up on college campuses many times before. This means that there would be plenty of specific ways for your group to advocate change on UD’s campus specifically but also come up with a model for change on college campuses in general with this topic, since not every college is going to have as many resources as UD might for mental health support. Great job on advocating why you believe your group should pick this topic!

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  2. I think this issue is one that definitely needs more attention! In today’s society more than ever there is a lot of pressure to look and act a certain way, and when someone can’t reach what they see as societal norms, they can end up turning to self harm. The statistics for self harm on a college campus were shocking and we definitely need to figure out a way to get those numbers down. Even the pressure of some schools can lead people to self harm, so we should try to create an environment that offers a lot of support. We should work to advocate for more support groups and resources where people can get help.

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  3. Suicide is a major issue, especially in an educational environment where one is constantly surrounded by their peers. Bad grades, lack of a social life, bullying, and even just chronic depression all attribute to suicidal thoughts and self harm. The pressure of fitting in and getting good grades can really take a toll on a college students mind and begin to sway their thoughts in a negative direction. This is a major issue because of how widely it affects people as well as the drastic effects it has. Suicide is not something to take lightly, and I’m actually hoping your group pursues this topic due to the sheer necessity of change in statistics surrounding suicide. Points of emphasis would probably be proven ways to help stabilize someone contemplating suicide or self harm as well as maybe some statistics about how large the issue really is. Good luck moving forward.

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  4. I thought you made a very good point when you discussed the effect random acts of kindness can have on someone’s state of mind. Implementing this idea could decrease the abundance of suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts. Though suicide is a huge problem, the number of attempted suicides largely exceeds the number of committed suicides. Many of those who attempt suicide don’t desire to end their lives but do it as more of a cry for help. Having the person realize that someone cares and wants to help can go a long way in lessening the prevalence of suicide attempts in the US. I think there are a variety of interesting concrete actions your group could execute with this movement, and I think it is an extremely necessary issue to address on a college campus where academic and personal stressors so often damage students’ mental health.

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