The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College

The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College

The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College is an educational program that shows depression and other suicide-related problems as they are commonly experienced by college students.

The program encourages students to get help for themselves or their friends. It is recommended for use by colleges and universities to integrate suicide prevention into campus activities and services.

The Truth about Suicide was designed to be used as an educational tool to achieve several specific goals related to suicide prevention:

The Truth about Suicide was designed to be used as an educational tool to achieve several specific goals related to suicide prevention: 

  • To educate college students and other young adults to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression in themselves and others;  
  • To convey the destigmatizing notion that depression and other mental illnesses are real illnesses that respond to specific treatments;
  • To promote the importance and acceptability of seeking help for a friend or for oneself; and
  • To provide information about sources of professional help and ways to self-refer for treatment or assist a peer in getting help.

The messages conveyed by the film include the following:

  • Depression is a common problem that interferes with students’ ability to enjoy college and be productive in their work. Depression may affect you or someone you know.
  • Depression is a treatable illness. It is not a character weakness or a normal reaction to life events. 
  • Depression is especially dangerous when accompanied by severe insomnia, anxiety, hopelessness, desperation, feelings of being out of control or excessive use of alcohol and drugs.
  • Depression is an underlying illness that can lead to suicide.
  • Warning signs of suicide include changes in mood and behavior that can be sudden or gradual.
 
Clip from The Truth about Suicide: Real Stories of Depression in College.
 

The film, available for purchase on DVD from the AFSP Store, comes with a facilitator's guide that includes steps and guidelines for showing the film, as well as suggested discussion topics and frequently asked questions.

Information and materials for facilitator's of this film: