Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college students, but TCU offers resources that have been proven to reduce suicidal thoughts in a majority of students.
TCU’s Wellness Center, located on the bottom floor of the Campus Recreation building, presented a seminar on virtual suicide prevention last week. The Sigma Lambda Alpha sorority requested the seminar to educate their members and peers on the potential signs of suicide and ways to provide help, President Jasmin Gonzalez said.
Assistant Director for Wellness Education Yvonne Giovanis said suicide statistics have changed over time due to the increase of the student population at TCU but there is a university and nationwide increase in suicidal thoughts in students since the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are located in the Campus Recreation building to make it convenient for students to visit us,” said Giovanis. “Our goal is to educate students who may be struggling themselves or give advice on how to help a friend.”
Giovanis stated that if staff members believe a student is experiencing suicidal thoughts, they will help them get connected to the Counseling and Mental Health Center.
“We see a rise in students that seek help around midterms,” said Giovanis. “This year, we are on par to host more wellness programs in residence halls around midterms and finals.”
According to the TCU Wellness Center, 80% of students who have sought help have seen a reduction in suicidal thoughts.
This month, students can engage in wellness workshops presented by the Wellness Center covering topics such as mental health allyship, time management and stress management.
If you or someone you know needs help, contact the following resources.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (1-800-273-8255)
TCU Wellness Center: (817-257-7529)
For emergencies, contact TCU Police: (817-257-7777)