MTSU Psi Chi and Psychology Club raises money, awareness for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Photo and story by Davida Johnson / Contributing Writer

MTSU’S Psi Chi and Psychology Club was in the Student Union Commons on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this week raising money for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

“The hotline is for anybody to call when they are having suicidal thoughts or anything,” said Alicia Bonnington, the president of MTSU Psi Chi and Psychology Club.  “It goes to (the hotline), and they use the money to give to local areas and all the call centers. They also use the money to help educate people and do workshops.”

The hotline provides 24/7 support for anyone who is experiencing anguish or suicidal thoughts, and it is 100 percent confidential and open to anyone. So far, the club has raised $40. If you would like to donate, you may visit here to access Psi Chi’s Go Fund Me page.

MTSU Psi Chi and Psychology Club also hosted an event in MTSU’s Business and Aerospace Building on Monday to educate students about suicide. They discussed how to prevent it, what to do if you or a loved one are contemplating it and the available resources. The event included a vigil for those who have lost their lives to suicide, and students were able to bring photos of loved ones they had lost in remembrance.

This week, being National Suicide Prevention Week, is all about helping students recognize the warning signs of suicide in their friends and family. According to fliers distributed at the Psi Chi and Psychology Club tabling, around 9.8 million adults have considered thoughts of suicide, and organizations like the MTSU Psi Chi and Psychology Club are attempting to decrease that number one life at a time. If you are looking to participate in MTSU’s Suicide Awareness Week, there will be a flag event on Sept. 24 where students can come and plant flags for remembrance if they knew someone who had committed or attempted suicide.

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  1. Emma
    September 14, 2018

    I am happy to see this type of action at my university for suicide. There are a great number of students and classmates that I know that deal with depression and anxiety which can lead to suicidal thoughts. So raising awareness brings this to people’s eyes and maybe they’ll take notice when a friend is having a very hard day or week.
    I hope this helps bring more awareness to this as it is usually something people overlook or brush off. Even people that deal with it more often than not don’t reach out for help in signs that people usually look for. Showing people how to look for and help their friends, family, and even classmates would be a great help to those in need.
    Thank you Psi Chi and Psychology Club for this, I hope you get a lot of donations for the National Suicide Hotline.

  2. Alicia
    September 14, 2018

    Thank you guys so much for doing this story! It really means a lot to us!