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Suicide Prevention Resources
If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please reach out immediately for assistance.


Emergency Assistance

On Campus: (315) 445-4444
Off Campus: 911
National Suicide Hotline: 988

Campus Resources

Wellness Center for Health and Counseling / Counseling Office
Seton Hall
331 Springfield Rd
Syracuse, NY 13214
(315) 445-4195
Open Mon-Fri, 8:30-4:30 p.m.

MYSSP My Student Support Program
24/7 online phone or video chat support


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
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue
  • Mood

People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation/Shame
  • Agitation/Anger
  • Relief/Sudden Improvement

Additional Resources

Community Resources

Upstate Hospital, Emergency Room
750 East Adams St.
Syracuse, NY 13210

CPEP at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Psychiatric Emergency Room
310 Prospect Ave
Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 448-6555


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