Recent teen suicides have caused Americans to wonder if anything could have been done to prevent these tragedies.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), 95% of suicidal college students are suffering from mental illness, usually depression. College (late teens, early twenties) is around the time that individuals with psychiatric disorders begin to manifest symptoms.
In order to receive help, students need to be proactive. This sort of self-motivation is often difficult for people who experience anxiety and depression.
New York is a city where many people go to therapy and feel comfortable talking about therapy, but anxiety and depression and still great “pests of New York” (especially for young people).
Individuals at Barnard College, Columbia University recognize the difficulty of getting students psychological help.
Catherine Calhoun, a Barnard Graduate and student at the Columbia University School of Social Work, discusses cutting herself while in college and rejecting the help of friends.
Catherine by rebecca.douglas