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Suicide Prevention

Why do some people consider suicide?

When a person is very depressed or feeling extremely overwhelmed by life pressures or changes in relationships, they might believe that suicide is the only solution to their problem. This solution, according to their thinking, will put an end to their pain and suffering. 

"Suicide doesn't end the chances of life getting worse, it eliminates the possibility of it ever getting better." -Unknown

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    QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF

    Are you
    • feeling helplessness/hopelessness?
    • concerned about your sexual orientation?
    • finding it impossible to have fun in your life?
    • feeling grief over the loss of a loved one?
    • thinking that you are a total failure?
    • sure everyone would be better off without you?

    Suicidal thoughts mean you want your life to be different NOT over. Reach out to the safest person you know-either a friend, relative, minister, teacher, or counselor.
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    Recognizing the Warning Signs

    • Talking about suicide or death
    • Depression and sadness
    • Change in sleeping and eating patterns
    • Boredom or withdrawal
    • Mood shifts (irritable, angry, anxious)
    • Increase in drug or alcohol use
    • Inappropriate good-byes
    • Noticeable decline in work or job performance
    • Reckless behavior
    • Previous suicide attempt
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    How to Help

    • Do not judge or argue with a suicidal person, but instead get help immediately. If guns are available, remove them from access to a secure location.
    • Take the threats seriously!
    • Listen; do not judge.
    • Convey that you care, through body language and words.
    • Ask if they are contemplating suicide. They will be glad you did.
    • Don't leave this person alone.
    • Contact professional help as soon as possible.

    Student Counseling Center counselors are here to help. Please call and state that you are in crisis. Help is here for you at 549.2838.

    By phone:
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255
    On Campus Emergency call 8-911
    National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (784.2433)

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