by Christina Gardner

Scrolling through Facebook and talking about your friends, something all too normal for most young adults, holds very different meaning for Hannah Finger, a Missouri State Student who lost her friend and roommate to suicide last year. Finger remembers the night very vividly.

“It was around, I wanna say 9:16, I got a text message from her that just said ‘I love you,’ with a period, and like at that moment, I just went ‘something is wrong,’” Finger says.

Later that night police showed up at Finger’s home asking about Alyssa. She then went to fine her. Once finger arrived, the officer then told her what had happened..

“And he was like ‘Alyssa passed away tonight,’ and I think it was just a collective like ‘what?” Finger says.

She recalls finding normalcy is one of the hardest parts.

“Then it’s like, okay now we have to go back to being normal, which is like what’s normal now, when you’re 20 years old and your friend kills herself,”she said.

Tammy Dixon, a mental health clinician for Missouri State University’s counseling center says, loved one of people dealing with suicidal thoughts have a very important role.

“If someone is talking to someone with suicidal thoughts, just to be open about it, and help them find those resources that are available and if they feel comfortable help them come into the counseling center. We’re here to offer services at any time,” Dixon says.

If you are wanting to get involved the National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting a 5k walk on Saturday, September 17, at McBride Elementary School in order to raise funds to help prevent suicide.