Depression is an illness. It’s not something you can just “snap out of” as those who are clearly unqualified to comment often say.
It’s a mental illness that can affect anyone, anywhere, at any time; the recent untimely death of comedian Robin Williams brought depression and mental health to the top of the news cycle again. The increased awareness of this condition, and the lack of support for those in need, is the only positive from a terrible loss.
Suicide Prevention Day
Wednesday September 10th was World Suicide Prevention Day, a real opportunity to raise awareness about suicide and suicide prevention around the world. According to the World Health Organization, a person dies by suicide every 40 seconds somewhere in the world; that’s more than 800,000 people a year globally. Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29 year-olds around the world1?
ASPIRE – Student Assistance Program
Three years ago Carrington College launched ASPIRE, a complimentary support system. ASPIRE is a comprehensive and confidential2 Student Assistance Program (powered by ACI Specialty Benefits) designed to help students and their families.
ASPIRE offers complimentary help and referrals for stress, school/life balance, test-taking skills, job search, housing issues, legal advice, financial difficulties, child and/or elder care, relationships, and more. It doesn’t matter whether your situation is school related or personal, help is a phone call away.
One call can put you in touch with a qualified counselor or mental health professional who can help with your personal, legal, family, financial, or school concerns. And if you’re a veteran, active duty member or military family, you can also get personalized support, information and referrals tailored just for you and your situation.
For more information, watch the ASPIRE student orientation video or call 888.470.1531, or do both. You can also email info@myASPIREonline.com or visit myASPIREonline.com to register or learn more. ASPIRE is here to help you stay on track, both in and out of school; it’s a truly comprehensive resource that we’re proud to offer our students.
Suicide Prevention 101
One of our Carrington colleagues, Liza Long, is manager of the Student Success Center at our Boise, ID, campus. Liza is also a mental health advocate, a published author, and a prominent blogger. She appeared this week on the Dr Oz TV show talking about the need for greater mental health resources. I suggest that you read her article on our blog – Suicide Prevention 101 – because every college student should know what to watch for and how to get help.
You Have Options
The issues you and your family may be struggling with are typical of those faced by many families across America. Life can be a juggling act and sometimes it can seem impossible to keep all the balls in the air. But you’re not alone, as a Carrington student you have options and resources to help you, beyond those you’ll find on campus.
2 All information shared with the ASPIRE program is strictly confidential unless student consents otherwise or law requires.