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  • Writer's pictureMelony Hill

Speaking to College Students About Suicide & Sexual Assault For National Suicide Prevention Month

September is National Suicide Prevention Month. For these 30 days, we focus on education and awareness around suicide, suicidal idealization and things that can lead to suicidal thoughts and actions I don’t talk about it often, but during My teen and early adult years, I was extremely suicidal.

I Didn't Want to Die

I never wanted to die, like most who contemplate suicide, I just wanted My constant pain to end. When you are deep in your pain, trauma or depression, it’s easy to feel as if it will never end. Some successfully convince themselves that death is the only way to ease their pain and leave this earth, and those who loved them behind to mourn.

I've Been Asked To Speak On Suicide & Sexual Assault

Black Women in Medicine at University of South Florida is holding Enough is Enough on September 15, 2020, to speak talk about toe correlation between suicide and sexual assault. As you know, sexual assault on college campuses have been widely reported for years.

As a woman who survived long-term sexual assault as a child, rape as an adult and fought off would be attackers, this is a topic very near to Me.

When I speak with this organization, how sexual assault can lead a victim to shame, guilt, depression and eventually, suicide, will be a large part of My presentation.

You Can Help

Do you know someone who was sexually assaulted and considered suicide?

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

Learn more about Black Women in Medicine University of South Florida Chapter on social media


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