College is a learning experience; mixed emotions and the struggles of balancing work, school, family, and a social life can be tough. Luckily, The Jed Foundation is here to help.
The Jed Foundation’s Love is Louder event will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cypress College pond. A photo booth, activities, and food and refreshments will be provided. Two free parking passes for next semester will be raffled off as well as a campus bookstore gift card. Students will have the opportunity to interact with many of the mental health professional visitors as well as get some tips on how to deal with the feelings of anxiety, bullying, depression and suicide.
“This event is being made to give awareness to our students who have suffered or are suffering from depression and thoughts of suicide”, said Christy Davis, Cypress College Veterans Coordinator. “Statistics don’t help a student suffering, reaching out and helping does.”
“I think is a great event for our generation, I struggle with stress and anxiety on a daily basis,” agrees Amanda Juarez, 21, Public Relations major.
Michael Beeman, 25, Finance major expressed, “I suffered from major anxiety and had to seek professional help to cope with my emotions during my college years. I was very overwhelmed and didn’t know how to get help on my own.”
The Jed Foundation has become one of the leading non profit organizatiosn speaking on issues in regards to mental health and suicide on the college community. The Jed Foundation is a place where students can call when all these feelings get the best of them. Their mission, according to their website, “is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students”. The JED Foundation was founded in 2000 by Donna and Phil Satow when they lost their son Jed to suicide.
“Many students still suffer in silence, never getting the help they need,” reads the Jed Foundation website. “For most, this means missing out on academic and social opportunities. For some, this suffering can have tragic consequences. Sadly, approximately 1,100 college students die by suicide each year.”
For more information on this organization visit www.jedfoundation.org. Need help now? Dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
Remember: Love is louder than pain.