Angela Brinton, who is working toward a Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision at Argosy University, Sarasota recently presented a workshop on suicide awareness and prevention. The talk was given to high school students, starting out by defining key terms that could indicate that someone is thinking of ending their life.
Brinton explained that suicide does not discriminate, and it can be an attempt to cope with intense emotional pain while experiencing impaired problem-solving skills. She also addressed myths versus facts in helping students to understand suicidal behaviors and warning signs.
Finally, she let students know that help is always available and provided resources and information on how to reduce the risk.
Students were encouraged to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline if they need to talk: 1-800-273-TALK or suicidepreventionlifeline.org.