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Maine teacher shares personal story for National Suicide Prevention Week

Dan Abbott has been teaching mechanical and engineering design at SMCC for nearly 30 years, but a few years ago, he couldnt imagine ever being back in the classroom. (WGME)

PORTLAND (WGME) – It is National Suicide Prevention Week, part of a month-long effort to raise awareness about the issue and help reduce the stigma surrounding it.

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Dan Abbott has been teaching mechanical and engineering design at SMCC for nearly 30 years, but a few years ago, he couldnt imagine ever being back in the classroom.

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“I think what led up to it was a lifetime of feeling periodically like a fraud and feeling periodically like I wasnt perfect enough at things I was doing,” Abbott said.

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Abbott and bestselling author Monica Wood have been married for 41 years. She says Abbots breakdown was gradual.

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“On Sunday, he disappeared in the morning and then he came back and he walked in the house and said, Honey, I think Im going crazy,” Wood said.

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Abbott had not slept for days. He says he considered suicide, but after a trip to the emergency room, he convinced others, and himself, he was fine.

An example of a new program the center is offering comes in the form of Feel Better workshops, which cover topics on anxiety, resilience and other issues present on campus. The workshops encourage proactive student participation in a safe environment; however, they will only take place during the beginning of the semester. Another resource mentioned was Trojan Care for Trojans, an anonymous request form available to all students if they feel worried about a peer.

“You know I was driving someplace and just pulled over and pulled a gun out, and it was pretty determined, since I shot myself three times. So, I had to reload this flare gun,” Abbott said. “My truck was on fire. I was bleeding badly and I couldnt breathe.”

The Engemann Student Health Center has started working with the Jed Foundation, a nonprofit organization that helps evaluate a campus needs for mental health services and creates comprehensive systems, programs and policies tailored toward mental health, substance abuse and suicide prevention efforts. By integrating the Jed program onto campus, the health center can pinpoint specific issues to target that are present in the well-being of USC students.

A passerby noticed smoke coming from Abbots truck and pulled him to safety just before the engine exploded.

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“I shot myself in the mouth with a flare gun, so I had burning magnesium in my mouth and put a hole in the top of my palate, damaged almost all my teeth and clearly got a concussion out of it, Abbott said. The results after it, was multiple surgeries.”

Our efforts are increasing because our resources are increasing, Mendola said while referring to the addition of 10 new therapists to the counseling centers resources. By increasing our therapists by 10, were not just increasing direct service to students, were increasing our availability to engage in programs.

“Ive not been a depressed person most of my life. I think Ive never been in anything I would call a depression, Abbott said. “But I definitely after the suicide attempt, and it was because of the suicide attempt I was so deeply humiliated and ashamed. Particularly since Monica was so publicly identified.”

“People do just get completely overwhelmed with life sometimes and that is what happened, Wood said. And sometimes its just a perfect storm of things that can happen. If it can happen to him, it could happen to anybody.”

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Although Abbott does not plan to continue to speak publicly about the issue, hed rather talk about circumference to diameter formulas, he hopes that sharing his story can help reduce the shame and stigma around suicide.

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And maybe, just maybe, someone will hear what he wishes he had been able to think about two years ago on a highway in Maine.

With strong endorsements from some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts, this film has had screenings around the world starting in March of this year. “Kevin Hines’ Suicide The Ripple Effect is a marvel of inspiration, a film that should be seen by anyone who has known despair, and anyone who is or has been close to someone in a suicidal crisis.’ Dr. John Draper, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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He says hes been amazed by the number of people who have confessed their close ties to suicide since his story first became public, making him realize he was never really alone in his private battle.

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Rocklin, CA – On September 26 at 7pm in N12 , at the Nevada County Campus in Grass Valley and September 27 at 7 pm in the Dietrich Theatre on the Rocklin Campus, Sierra College will present a special screening of the movie, Suicide The Ripple Effect.

This week is Suicide Prevention Week, and the university is hosting several events through Friday to educate students and the community about how to prevent suicide in a variety of ways. 

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This year's theme for the week is "Be A Hero, Save A Life," and that's what many of the activities boil down to – trying to save lives.

Events earlier in the week focused on peer-to-peer education about the warning signs of suicide, how students can do their part, practicing self-care, reaching out, and spreading the word. 

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Another program offered an interactive experience to raise awareness of the importance of communication and how it affects mental health, suicidal thoughts, and the stigma that surrounds suicide. 

There will be a Suicide Prevention Resource Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Walb Union International Ballroom and Student Services Complex hallways. Attendees can meet with campus and community leaders while gathering resources on suicide prevention, mental health care education, coping skills, and how to help a friend in need. 

During the resource fair, people will also be able to participate in the Save the Seven Challenge. The activity is in honor of the seven IPFW students lost to suicide in 2015. It tests participants' knowledge of educational material related to suicide statistics and suicide prevention. 

Another activity on Wednesday is the Suicide Survivor Candlelight Ceremony from 6:30-8:30 p.m. across the Venderly Bridge. 

On Thursday, there is a Walk and Learn event, where attendees will hear about suicide prevention while taking a short walk at Alumni Plaza from 12:15-12:45 p.m. 

The week wraps up with two sessions of Community Partners Against Student Suicide (Project COMPASS) suicide prevention Gatekeeper Training on Thursday and Friday.

Project COMPASS is a comprehensive suicide prevention and health promotion program on campus, that hopes to provide suicide awareness and gatekeeper education and training throughout the campus community. 

Gatekeeper training teaches people how to recognize the warning signs of suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. 

The Thursday session will be in Kettler Hall, Room G83 from 2-5 p.m. Friday's session is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon in Walb Union, Room G08. Send an email to [email protected] to register for training.

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, you can call the national suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

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