SUICIDE HOTLINE 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Lifeline - www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college-age students.
Warning Signs of Suicide
There are basically four types of warning signs:
- Situational: stressful or traumatic experience
- Depressive: changes in usual behavior, inability to concentrate, socially withdrawn, easily agitated, apathy, crying, sense of worthlessness, appears sad, abusing substances.
- Verbal signs: direct or indirect; verbally or in written material (e.g., assignments, papers, etc.)
- Behavioral: giving away possessions, writing a suicide note, acquiring means to commit suicide, organizing business and personal matters, suddenly resigning from organizations or clubs.
Look for a cluster of clues. A suicidal person who gives warning signs will most often present more than one clue.
When the situation is not clear:
- Share your concerns with the student directly to find out.
- Consult a mental health professional:
- Fill out the Suicide Incident Report located on this website.
Do’s & Don’t’s in Responding to Suicidality
- DO show that you take the student’s feelings seriously.
- DO let the student know that you want to help.
- DO listen attentively and empathize.
- DO reassure that with help he/she will recover.
- DO stay close until help is available or risk has passed.
- DON’T try to shock or challenge the student.
- DON’T analyze the student’s motives.
- DON’T become argumentative.
- DON’T react with shock or disdain at the student’s thoughts and feelings.
- DON’T minimize the student’s distress.
In an emergency situation, call: Campus Safety at 208.459.5151, Caldwell Police at 911, Canyon County Mental Health at 208.459.0092 or Mobile Crisis at 208.334.0808.
Or call C of I Counseling Services during office hours (9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday):