BANGOR –– September is recognized annually as Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.
Husson University is kicking off the school year by spreading hope and resources to students affected by suicide.
According to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States.
Husson University lead counselor Nichole Proulx-King said withdrawal from extracurricular activities, and isolation from family and friends are behavioral signs that may signal risk.
“As a community, we can also really wrap around our students and making sure we are checking in with them and they have what they need to get access to resources,” said Proulx-King.
To bring attention to the issue, Husson University sorority Kappa Delta Phi is hosting an online pizza kit fundraiser to raise money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.
As a member of the sorority, Alexa Richards said donors can order small, medium and large Little Caesars’ pizza kits to be delivered to your home until Oct. 19.
“College is really hard. So a lot of people are definitely affected by different mental illnesses and get burnt out,” said Richards. “So it’s important that we take our time and do our part to make sure that everyone gets the help they need.”
Proulx-King said it’s a community effort to provide help to students.
She said students can reach out to the counseling center or call the suicide prevention hotline number at 800-273-8255.