Suicide prevention vital issue for schools

By Calum McKinney

Suicide Prevention in SchoolsAccording to many experts, suicide is likely the second leading cause of death among college students.

While it “is not possible for an institution to prevent every situation,” Anthony Jenkins, vice president for Student Affairs at University of Maryland Eastern Shore, said efforts to prevent students from harming themselves and others have increased dramatically on campuses across the country following the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois University in 2008.

A graduate of Virginia Tech who went on to serve on its crisis management team, Jenkins said he has helped create behavioral assessment teams at several of the institutions where he has worked.

“We have seen an influx across higher education nationally of more students entering with mental health issues, seeking more psychological support,” he said, “In the last 10 to 15 years, institutions have been put in the interesting situation of how to address issues of what is best for the individual versus the university. It can be a delicate balancing act, making sure that we’re able to sustain enough counselors and support staff to meet students’ needs and also balance that with funding issues.”

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  1. I am 55, had been under “legal” pain managment for 5 years for Fibromyalgia, DJD without a problem., except for profound depression. The doc saw me every month, or his NP did. I put on a brave face during my visits. 1/20, a ‘perfect storm’ of emotions hit me and I disassociated. I knew what I was doing was wrong but was powerless to stop. I took between 70-80 oxycontin, morphine sulfate and klonopin. I lay for 17 hours before being found. I was locked in a fetal position, liver and kidneys failed, luckily I sleep on 2 pillows, which barely kept my airway open. They pumped me full of narcan, but my heart stopped. after CPR and defeibrillation, they got me back. I spent 3 days in ICU, then transferred to a psychiatric unit for 5 days. Oh, by the way, I am a 30 year nurse. That stuff is death if you do not have your head on right.
    I was given a second chance and I hope to go to high schools, churches, anywhere they will listen and tell them my story. Thank you for letting me tell it here.

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