Suicide Prevention: Be the Change 


Brock Regnier

PAHS planetarium illuminated in purple during the month of September. The lights represent our support to the victims of suicidal thoughts. “At first I didn’t know why the lights were on. Then I saw the courthouse too and heard about it on the announcements”, said Junior Macy Matlock.

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US. However this does not mean it is the answer. It is solving a temporary problem with a permanent solution. A life is more valuable than any inconvenience. We at PAHS want you here, now let’s hear from our students.
This month is set aside to help people see that suicide isn’t the answer. It can be prevented with just a caring person.  As Emma Bouffard, a freshman said “understanding that each person’s situation is different and that there is help. Bouffard points out that suicide isn’t a easy topic to talk about it.”
Suicide affects more than the victim, it also affects bystanders. “They feel like they’re alone and know one should feel alone in the world,” says Elizabeth Chattin Senior. Raising awareness of loneliness and isolation of a person can save someone’s life. Chattin also said about mental health, “Being that you’re loved and safe. There’s hope in the world.” Much can be done to improve mental health and how it affects other people.
Many people have different points of view on suicidal prevention. There are warning signs and talking about it. As people talk about their stories about going through depression or saw, heard individuals about circumstances that lead up to it. Trent Arnold, a Junior, said “Take away the pain of their feelings, there’s no other way to help them. No matter what they do it’s not going to get better,” however you still can get help.
No matter what is going on in your life, it’s not worth it to give up. Don’t be part of the 10th leading cause of death. If you have any concerns for yourself or a friend please reach out. The national 24 hour suicide hotline number is, 800-273-8255.