Northwestern State University’s Counseling and Career Center held its 3rd annual “5k for Suicide Prevention Awareness” event on campus Thursday, September 5. The event drew about 100 runners and walkers who braved the scorching afternoon heat for a very worthy cause. NSU’s Wesley Foundation brought a large contingent of students. They also brought the event’s youngest participant who rode in style in a stroller with her mom, Rev. Clair Carter.
Suicide, especially among young people, is a silent epidemic that is unfortunately becoming more common. It is one of the leading causes of death in the 15-24 year old age group. The event was intended to raise public awareness of this problem as well as educate the community about the resources available for NSU students, faculty and staff.
NSU’s Counseling Center has 4 licensed counselors on staff as well as 5 interns who are students in the Master’s in Counseling program. They may be contacted at 318-357-5621. They are there to help the members of the NSU community deal with the stresses and strains of college life. Please do not hesitate to contact them if you or anyone you know is experiencing difficulties. Suicide is a tragedy that need not occur. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help. There are people who care about you.