Suicide remains the second leading cause of death* for young people, and the threat is especially significant for college students.  The college experience is of itself a stressful time for most. It represents a major shift in lifestyle, going from having one’s routine basically structured to having to take responsibility for your own activities.  And for many college students, it also involves moving away from friends and family.

  • According to American College Health Association’s Fall 2018 National College Health Assessment, nearly two-thirds of students reported feeling anxious in the past year. 
  • Other studies indicate that about one in ten in that age group have had suicidal thoughts. 

In an effort to promote mental health resources and combat this troubling trend, a bi-partisan coalition of U.S. Senators and Representatives has sponsored a bill known as HR 3912/ S. 1782: Improving Mental Health Access for Students Act. This pending legislation was introduced in Congress this past June by sponsor Sen. John Kennedy (R-Lousiana) and co-sponsors Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas). In a time when there is a deep divide between the political parties, it is encouraging to see both sides come together to propose legislation that may offer hope for those who are suffering from anxiety and depression that can result in suicide.

What is startling is that despite the prevalence of suicide among college students, it is projected that this bill only has a 3% chance of being enacted!

There are over 20 million students on college and university campuses across the U.S., so the potential for impact of this proposed legislation is enormous.  It would require educational institutions to print information on three important mental health help lines on all college IDs:

As a company that provides cleanup and trauma services following suicide, we are committed to doing what we can to address the issue and reduce the incidence.  We urge you to contact your respective congressional members to express your support of this legislation that has very little cost associated with it but has the potential to save lives. You can easily do so through this link.

*Note: The top cause of death in this age group unintentional injury/homicide



As a professional biohazard cleanup company, frequently our job involves taking care of a property after someone has died.  It can be from things such as a fatal crime scene or an unattended natural death of person who lived alone, but sadly all too often it is due to a suicide.  And it doesn’t appear that the need for our services is going away any time soon, since the rate of suicide in the U.S. is increasing rapidly.

Today, being Veterans Day, we wanted to focus on suicide, since it has become the leading cause of death among veterans.  (The other two top causes are Alzheimer’s and drug overdose.)

  • Despite a focus on prevention, the rate of suicide in the U.S. has been steadily rising across the country, increasing 25% between 1999-2014. According to the CDC, in about half the states, the rate is over 30%.
  • The risk of suicide among vets is more than 20% higher than for civilians.
  • Mental illness is not the only cause.  A CDC study revealed that 54% of suicide victims had not been diagnosed with a mental health issue. Ongoing depression may be the cause in a significant number, but taking a look at recent deaths of high profile celebrities who seemingly had fulfilling lives (or so it appeared) has forced a reconsideration of intervention efforts.
  • There is no typical suicide.  It cuts across gender, ethnic, educational, and socioeconomic lines.

One thing we do know, and that is reaching out in genuine care can help save a life.  If you know someone who has voiced thoughts that may be considered suicidal, or who is struggling to cope with life, be there for them, listen to them, show them you care.  And keep these numbers handy:

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-8255 (24/7)

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (Option 1); or text 838255. The VA also has online chat help available for servicemen and women, vets, and those who love them.

Though we are here to help in the aftermath of suicide with trauma counseling and cleanup, we would be very happy when the day comes that our services related to this matter were no longer needed. 




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