Lack of information.

   Rise of social media.

   Decrease in in-person interactions.

   Increase in depression, anxiety and suicidality (suicidal thoughts, plans and attempts).

   Ripon College has witnessed an uptick in these trends over the last few years, noted Chris Ogle, the college’s vice president and dean of students.

   He presented these issues to the Suicide Prevention Task Force last week Monday, when the state district representatives on the committee met at Ripon College to hear from several organizations about the trends they are witnessing in relation to youth and suicide.

   According to Ogle, “the current trajectory is going in the wrong direction [in relation to suicide], and number of incidences are going up.”

   He explained, when students first arrive at the college, the institution is already at a disadvantage tackling students issues while lacking information.

   Read the full story, including a reason why the college may be seeing these trends, in the June 27, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.