Suicide Prevention

Why do some people consider suicide?
When a person is very depressed or feeling extremely overwhelmed by life pressures or changes in relationships, they might believe that suicide is the solution to their problem.  This solution, according to their thinking, will put an end to their pain and suffering.  This is a permanent and needless solution to short-term, fixable problems.

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF
Are you…
--feeling helplessness/hopelessness?
--concerned about your sexual orientation?
--finding it impossible to have fun in your life?
--feeling grief over the loss of a loved one?
--thinking that you are a total failure?
--sure everyone would be better off without you?

Suicidal thoughts mean you want your life to be different----NOT over.  Reach out to the safest person you know-either a friend, relative, minister, teacher, or counselor.

 Recognizing the Warning Signs: 
       Talking about suicide or death
       Depression and sadness
       Change in sleeping and eating patterns
       Boredom or withdrawal
       Mood shifts (irritable, angry, anxious)
       Increase in drug or alcohol use
       Inappropriate good-byes
       Noticeable decline in work or job performance
       Reckless behavior
       Previous suicide attempt

What You Can Do To Help:
Do not judge or argue with a suicidal person, but instead get help immediately.  If guns are available, remove them from access to a secure location.
         Take the threats seriously!
         Listen; do not judge.
         Convey that you care, through body language and words.
         Ask if they are contemplating suicide.  They will be glad you did.
         Don’t leave this person alone.
         Contact professional help-as soon as possible. 

Student Counseling Center Counselors want to help you.  Please call and say that you are in crisis.  Help is here for you at 549-2859.

By phone:
Suicide Prevention Help Line  (719) 544-1133
On Campus Emergency call 8-911
National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)