Be the change

By Rosanna Aguilera
On September 20, 2018

 

As most of you know, Mac Miller passed away from an apparent overdose on Sept. 7, 2018.

I have been shaken up about this since I heard. 

Mac Miller has been one of my favorite rappers since I went into middle school. 

My all-time favorite song by him is “Best Day Ever.” Listening to it now, it has a different meaning. I see him in the music video and it makes my heart so happy seeing him smiling, just doing what he does best. 

Mac was the biggest Pittsburgh Steelers fan, since Pittsburgh was his hometown. I am also a Steelers fan, so it hit me hard that my team lost its biggest fan. 

He used to stand on the sideline with all his Steelers gear on, swinging around his Terrible Towel, and now he is absent. 

Chester Bennington passed away on July 20, 2017 from committing suicide. He was in the rock band Linkin Park, which was also one of my favorite bands.

I am so upset that I never got to see Mac or Chester live in concert; I never got around to ordering tickets or even had free time.

This is definitely one of my biggest regrets.

I can’t stand the fact that we keep losing so many valuable people to these issues.

The Counseling Services on our campus cares about the topic of suicide. 

“Question. Persuade. Refer. QPR - 3 steps anyone can learn to help prevent suicide - you can be part of the solution” is the slogan they are using for the Suicide Prevention Training this semester. 

The first set of training is full, but be on the lookout for the next training session. 

Counseling Services sent out an email with facts about suicide:

“Suicide is the second leading cause of death among Americans aged 10-24.”

“According to Active Minds, there are over 1,100 suicides by college students every year, and half of college students have suicidal thoughts at some point.”

The training session will educate students about how to identify warning signs, empower you to use your influence for positive changes and inform you of available mental health resources. 

It is important that we as a society know how to deal with suicide.

So many people go through things in life that they think are too tough for them to handle. 

I encourage you all to attend the next training session so that we can be better informed. 

 

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