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Darton draws attention to suicide prevention and awareness

Darton State College is drawing attention to suicide prevention. (Source: WALB) Darton State College is drawing attention to suicide prevention. (Source: WALB)
Darton senior Morris Allen (Source: WALB) Darton senior Morris Allen (Source: WALB)
Darton Director of Career Services Pat Ridgeway (Source: WALB) Darton Director of Career Services Pat Ridgeway (Source: WALB)
Darton sophomore Emeka Onyeabga (Source: WALB) Darton sophomore Emeka Onyeabga (Source: WALB)
The college partnered with Albany State University to host an informational session on Friday. (Source: WALB) The college partnered with Albany State University to host an informational session on Friday. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Darton State College is drawing attention to suicide prevention. September is Suicide Awareness Month.

The college partnered with Albany State University to host an informational session on Friday.

Darton's Student Center was buzzing with students who were committed to getting the word out about suicide prevention.

Darton senior Morris Allen spent his Friday night educating his peers on a challenging topic, one that he said is often overlooked, stigmatized and preventable.

"I was shocked because he didn't seem like the person to commit suicide so that was something really big for me," said Allen.

Allen knows first-hand the damaging effects of suicide.

He lost his close friend Somage who shot himself at the age of 20.

Like other students, Somage had difficulty adjusting to college life.

"Not everybody handles it the same way so I guess it was his way of getting out," said Allen.

10 percent of college students have thoughts of suicide or actually commit the act according to the Suicide Resource Center.

School officials are working to bring that number down.

"We think this is very beneficial to raise awareness and to help students have a sense of social responsibility," Darton Director of Career Services Pat Ridgeway.

And that task starts with recognizing the signs.

"People will show a sign on Instagram on Snapchat," said Darton sophomore Emeka Onyeabga.

Onyeabga urged his peers to speak up, especially during today's Wall of Hope.

Some of the expressions on the wall were about prayer and the Lord.

A simple release that could likely save someone's life.

"If I had the opportunity to talk to him, I would have," said Allen.

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