Suicide Is A Serious Public Health Problem Essay

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In the United States, suicide is a serious public health problem as it remains a leading cause of death among college and university students (Schwartz, 2006a), affecting individuals, families, and communities nationwide. Findings show that between 6.5 and 7.5 per 100,000 suicide deaths are reported among college students (Schwartz, 2006a). Each year, 18 percent of undergraduate students and 15 percent of graduate students report having seriously considered attempting suicide in their lifetimes (Schwartz, 2011) with between 40 and 50 percent reporting multiple episodes of serious suicidal thoughts (Drum, 2009).
Depression and substance use disorder remain the most significant risk factors for suicide deaths and attempts among young people (Haas, 2008). That said, many college students with mental health problems do not seek mental health services (Nordberg et al., 2013) often causing conditions to be under-diagnosed and therefore untreated. One study reported that only 36 percent of university students with major depression had received mental health services in the previous year (Eisenberg, Hunt, & Speer, 2012), while another study reported that among students with a substance use disorder, only 4 percent had received treatment (Eisenberg, Hunt, Speer, & Zivin, 2011). Among college students who seriously considered attempting suicide, over half had not received professional help (Drum, 2009). Furthermore, based on data from the National Survey of College Counseling Center…

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