If You’re Struggling
- Call the National Suicide Hotline: 988 or Campus Security: 4444
- Don’t wait for someone to reach out.
- It is OK to not be ok; there is no shame in asking for help!
- Seek mental health treatment, or tell your therapist about your suicidal thoughts.
- Treat yourself like you would treat someone else who needs your help.
If A Person Says They Are Considering Suicide
If you think someone is thinking about suicide, assume you are the only one who will reach out.
- Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide.
- Take the person seriously.
- Have an honest conversation in private.
- Listen to their story.
- Avoid debating the value of life, minimizing their problems or giving advice.
- Tell them you care about them.
- Stay with them, and call a friend or support person to help get help.
- Help them remove lethal means.
- Escort them to mental health services or an emergency room.
- Follow up with them after the crisis to see how they’re doing.
Warning Signs for Suicide
Something to look out for when concerned that a person may be suicidal is a change in behavior or the presence of entirely new behaviors. This is of sharpest concern if the new or changed behavior is related to a painful event, loss, or change. Most people who take their lives exhibit one or more warning signs, either through what they say or what they do.
If a person talks about:
- Killing themselves
- Feeling hopeless
- Having no reason to live
- Being a burden to others
- Feeling trapped
- Unbearable pain
Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change:
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
- Withdrawing from activities
- Isolating from family and friends
- Sleeping too much or too little
- Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
- Giving away prized possessions
People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:
- Loss of interest
- Relief/Sudden Improvement
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