Texas A&M Texarkana event on suicide prevention

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“Celebrate Life” is the theme for Texas A&M -Texarkana’s suicide prevention awareness glow party.

Experts say someone commits suicide every eleven seconds.

“Feelings are absolutely temporary. If they were not i wouldn’t be standing here today” says recent graduate Cassidy Ford who’s a guest speaker at the party.

Her story is published in a book called “Project Semicolon.”

“I don’t remember a time in my life were I wasn’t depressed” says Ford.

She often battled suicidal thoughts, but she says when she arrived to college, counseling made it easy for her smile and be thankful for the life she’s been given.

“Essentially it did get better and started changing when i did seek help on campus” says Ford.

“95 percent of the population at one point in their life has had suicidal thoughts” says counseling director Barbara Wilson.

She says this event is to reassure students they are not alone.

She says she’s proud to see positive outcomes from connecting with students, just like with Ford.

“You know I think half of my job is sitting with someone and letting them know you’re not alone in this and once we realize that then we can feel secure in taking the next step.”

If you or anyone you know has suicidal thoughts please call 1800-273-8255.

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