Handling College After a Loss to Suicide

The swirl of moving away from home for the first time, making new friends, and mastering higher level academics is tough enough for anyone, but young adults who must make this transition or return to classes after losing a parent, sibling, friend, or significant other to suicide are being asked to tackle new surroundings and heavy course loads at the worst possible time. Dr. Ann Phillips, who worked in the counseling field for over 40 years, shared how the University of West Georgia (UWG) in Carrollton, Georgia, helps students, faculty, and parents cope. The mission of UWG’s Prevent Program is to prevent suicides from occurring, but it also provides an outlet for students who have been touched by suicide. One student reaches out to another who has experienced similar circumstances by enlisting him or her in various activities and outreach programs that help prevent suicide. This accomplishes an important goal: opening up the subject to go beyond shame into sharing.   “Apart from the Prevent Program, we have the Counseling and Career Development Center. Here is where a student can reserve a standing weekly appointment with a counselor in order to come to terms with the loss, the shame, the anger, and the damaging consequences of the suicide of someone loved,” Dr. Phillips said. “Here, too, is possible the exploration of what the fear of letting people know is all about. I think every college with a counseling center would provide this.” ...
Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: College Grief and Loss Suicide Depression grieving Survivors Guilt Source Type: blogs

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Source: Canadian Journal of Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Can J Psychiatry Source Type: research
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