Suicide can be prevented. The first step in helping someone in distress is to notice common warning signs.
Signs something may be wrong
- Expresses depression, anxiety, stress, and feelings of hopelessness
- Changes in appetite or sleeping patterns
- Withdraws from family, friends, and activities
- Increased alcohol or drug use or reckless behavior
- Uncontrollable anger, anxiety or frustration
- Inability to concentrate
- Dramatic mood swings
- Sense that life has no purpose
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Feelings of hopelessness or of being trapped
- Thoughts of death or suicide
- Talks or writes about death and dying, killing oneself, or ending it all
- Starts giving away possessions or tying up loose ends
- Gains access to lethal means (guns, pills, knives, etc.)
Ways you can help
Most suicidal people don’t want to die; they just want the pain to end. Don’t ignore the warning signs, reach out.
- Express your concern.
- Listen without judgement.
- Ask the question, “Are you thinking about suicide?”
- Offer hope, support, and understanding.
- Get help together.
The Counseling Center provides enrolled students with individual therapy, group therapy, case management services, and after-hours assistance. Learn more about their services here.