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SVSU display addresses college suicide rate

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A recent shooting near campus left students shaken but now one group is taking the opportunity to address a problem effecting college kids across the country.

College is supposed to be the best time of your life but as displayed around the Saginaw Valley State University campus, college is more than a trying time for the 1,100 students who commit suicide each year.

"I didn't think there was that many. I always thought this was supposed to be a happy time, so It was shocking to see the numbers,” student Emily Barker said.

It’s the reason SVSU students created a display showing 1,100 hands representing the college students who took their own lives. Organizers said they wanted to raise awareness about the resources available to students who are feeling down.

"It was something we really wanted to talk about. Suicide has a lot of stigma associated with it and the more you talk about it, the more you can decrease that stigma associated with it,” said Jack Duly with the Office of Student Wellness.

Students on campus were shocked to see the statistics about the place they call home.

“When I walked by that I couldn't believe it! Coming here I thought it was just all fun but I guess not for everyone,” Pablo Ortiz said.

That's exactly the attention the students hoped their display would get, as well as to remind students there are always other options like talking with counselors and mental health groups.

"We have these opportunities for you to get help and notice the problem when you have one and make a difference for yourself,” Gabe Kasper said

Organizers said their display was well-received and was supported by administration.

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