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Professor Calls for More Discussion of Suicide on Campus

For college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death, after traffic accidents. That’s according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Two suicides of University of Houston students in recent months prompted communication professor Temple Northup to write a Houston Chronicle article calling for more discussion of the issue on campus. Northup joins […]

For college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death, after traffic accidents. That’s according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

Two suicides of University of Houston students in recent months prompted communication professor Temple Northup to write a Houston Chronicle article calling for more discussion of the issue on campus.

Northup joins us, along with Dr. Norma Ngo, Director of CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) at UH to discuss why college students are at a greater risk for suicide, how to spot the warning signs for suicide and how to prevent it.

(Image:Â Backpacks lay on the ground to represent college students lost from suicide, from an Oct. 2014 touring exhibit by the group Send Silence Packing. Credit: Johnny Hanson/Houston Chronicle)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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