You Are Not Alone
Start writing a post

It is so sad to hear about another student passing away on the University of Northern Iowa campus. Even when people seem like they are happy, they still may be having those dark thoughts. It feels so unreal to hear about this. Even though I did not personally know Katie Burns or Kyle Raarup, I knew they were amazing people. I knew that they were loved.

Remember that you are loved. I love you. Everyone loves you. Keep telling everyone that. Suicide may feel right at the time, but I assure you that it is not! It is never right. My heart hurts for the friends and families of Katie and Kyle. Suicide should be prevented. It can be prevented.

We have a community that loves each other. From what I have learned about the girls on Katie's floor, they have become so close. They have been spreading so much love. It’s sad that was the reason for them to become closer, but it’s good that they became so close. I hope the guys on Kyle’s floor become close, and they spread the love as well.

Going to the vigils for both Katie and Kyle was a wave of comfort, knowing that there was so much support. It was sad to be there for the reason it was, but it was nice to know that people are there. At Kyle's vigil, I went up with the Galatia girls because even though I had changed floors, they still wanted me there. They wanted a family member to be there with them in this sadness. It made me feel so happy to know that they wanted my support. Always a Galatia Girl. I love you girls.

If you see someone that looks sad, talk to them. Ask them if they’re OK. Give them a hug. Let them know that they are loved. We are a family! We are panther strong! We have joined in UNIty! Remember, you are loved. There is counseling on campus. There are other students, professors, and staff that you can talk to. You are So Worth Loving. The So Worth Loving at UNI Facebook page shows support.

You have so much support all around you. If you don’t want to go to counseling, I am here for you. Whether you need a hug or a conversation, come to me. Contact me on Facebook or Twitter, and I will be there. If you see me around, I'll talk. Hell, just hug or talk to the next person you see. I’m sure they will stop what they are doing and help you out. They will be there for you.

I know that there are dark times, but you can get through them. I believe in you. Someone really close to me attempted suicide, but as soon as she thought of how it would effect herself and others, she stopped. She knew she was loved. Now she is doing really well. Her life is so much better. She is so much happier. Life does get better.

If nothing ever changed, there'd be no butterflies. There are struggles, but like a caterpillar gaining wings, you gain a new chapter in life. That new chapter will happen, just wait for it. It's there.

National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-784-2433

Statewide Suicide Crisis Line: 1-800-334-4224

University of Northern Iowa Counseling Center: 1-319-273-2676

Rest well Katie Rae Burns 9/23/2015

Rest well Kyle Raarup 11/12/2015

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Rebecca Alvarez

Rebecca Alvarez is many things: founder, sexologist, CEO, mentor, and more — as a Latina businesswoman, each of her endeavors is grounded in the strong principles of inclusivity and diversity, especially in sexual health and wellness. Bloomi is the product of her all of her shared passions, and with it she has fostered a community of like-minded, passionate women.

Keep Reading... Show less

There is not a consistent standard for health education in the United States. There are a lot of variables that go into this — what state a student lives in, whether they go to a public or private school, and the district's funding and priorities. These variables can be argued for any subject, not just health class. But as we continue to grow as a society, hopefully bettering our education system along the way, it's crucial to consider this often-forgotten element of a child's schooling.

Keep Reading... Show less

In March, the whole country shut down. School was online, extra-curriculars were canceled, and I found myself laying in bed all day every day. One day, as I was laying in bed contemplating my laziness, I decided that I wanted to do something to make myself more healthy. I was feeling so down on myself and my laziness so I decided to make a change.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Songs That Made It Onto My September Playlist

September is the month for Los Angeles natives and Australian music fans.


The Neighbourhood, Bad Suns and The Driver Era are three Los Angeles bands that released songs this month. Not only was it a month for Los Angeles bands, but many Australian bands released new music — San Cisco's fourth studio album, Surf Trash single, Skegss single, and High Tropics single. I made new discoveries this month and was pleased by the amount of new music.

Read the listicle below to learn what came out this month in alternative rock music:

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Staying Active While You're Stuck Inside IS Possible, It Just Takes Some Small Steps

I know the last thing you want to think about right now is exercising, but it's time to put down the controller and put on your workout clothes.


As someone who has also been living on a bed since March, I can guarantee you that working out has been the last thing on my priority list. It's pretty far down there, along with my motivation and brain cells I used to use for work. However, I have made an effort in the past couple of weeks to move up exercising to at least number three on my priorities list.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Got Clean At A Very Young Age, And It Honestly Saved My Life

At 18, the world looked so much different for me than it did for most other 18-year-olds that I knew.

Emmie Pombo

Going into rehab when I was 19 was hands down the hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life. My addiction started when I was around 17 and spiraled and spiraled out of control, as addictions always do. However, looking back, I'm so lucky my addiction started and ended when it did.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

7 Things Your Partner Can Do To Support You When You Have PCOS

Don't be afraid to ask for help or comfort if you need it.


Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) may not be totally visible to the eye, which makes it a lot harder for your partner to understand what's going on with your body.

If you are in a relationship, it's important that you communicate your PCOS symptoms with your partner. I say "your" symptoms specifically because everyone's symptoms are different.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

I Watched 'The Social Dilemma' And YIKES, I'm Terrified For The Next Generation's Mental Health

Millennials can remember a time without online social affirmation, but we may be the last ones.

The Social Dilemma / Netflix

I've been in a media job for the entirety of my professional career. From part-time social media internships to full-time editorial work, I've continued to learn how to tell stories, write catchy headlines, and keep people interested. I believe working in media is a big responsibility, as well as a valuable way to advance our world.

Keep Reading... Show less
Politics and Activism

One Indictment, Three Charges, And No Justice For Breonna Taylor

We can't settle for this decision or a system that is fundamentally broken and unequal.


On March 13, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot in her apartment by police who were executing a "no-knock" warrant. Since then, there have been rallying efforts both in the streets and on social media demanding justice for Taylor and keeping her name known.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments