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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:

  1. Situational: stressful or traumatic experience
  2. Depressive: changes in usual behavior, inability to concentrate, socially withdrawn, easily agitated, apathy, crying, sense of worthlessness, appears sad, abusing substances.
  3. Verbal signs: direct or indirect; verbally or in written material (e.g., assignments, papers, etc.)
  4. 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.

Concerned about a fellow College of Idaho community member? 

  • Share your concerns with the individual directly.
  • Consult a mental health professional:

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 the College's Counseling Services during office hours (9 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday):