TWLOHA hosts Red Flag for Awareness Event


From left to right, Olivia Wells junior Fashion Merchandise major, Jessica Corson senior Marketing major, Lillian Scott sophomore Fashion Merchandise major and Dan Mosora Computer Science graduate student members of To Write Love On Her Arms University Chapters placed red flags in Manchester Field for World Suicide Prevention Day September 10. Photo by Grace Jelinek.

Melanie Nesteruk

The Kent State chapter of the national organization To Write Love on Her Arms held its Red Flag for Awareness event Monday in Manchester Field.

The event was held to raise awareness on issues like suicide, depression and self-injury. The group planted red flags in the grass on Manchester Field. Each flag represents one of the many suicide attempts made every day in America.

According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, someone in the United States dies by suicide every 14.2 minutes. TWLOHA also reaches out to students suffering from depression, which is one of the leading causes of suicide.

“Especially on a college campus, people need to be aware of these issues,” said Jessica Corson, the group’s founder and former president. “And it’s not talked about because there is such a negative stigma.”

In addition to the red flags on Manchester Field, TWLOHA was giving away orange ribbons with a donation of $1 or more. The money raised is being used to fund the chapter and to train new members.

The training “equips people to better deal with those situations,” said TWLOHA Secretary Katie Fife, a sophomore early childhood education major. “It’s scary if your friend is threatening suicide or self-injury.”

In the wake of two recent suicides last year on the Kent campus, TWLOHA encourages students to seek help and reach out to others if they are contemplating suicide or feeling depressed.

Corson stressed that students dealing with these issues are not alone.

“We just want people to feel like they are accepted,” she said.

Fife said she agrees.

“I really do believe that every single person has a story and it’s important. Every person has a story to live out,” Fife said. “Suicide shortens that story. I don’t think that should be the case, ever.”

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