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Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most do not. Most people who feel suicidal give definite warning signs that they plan to die by suicide, but those close to them are often unaware of the significance of these signals or are unsure of what to do about them. Most suicidal people also desperately want to live but are unable to find another way to cope with their thoughts and feelings.
There are many reasons why individuals engage in suicidal behaviors. Some reasons attributed to the appearance or increase in suicidal behaviors in college students include:
- New and unfamiliar environment
- Difficulties adjusting to new demands and different work loads
- Lack of adequate social and coping skills
- Academic and social pressures
- Feelings of failure or decreased performance
- Sense of alienation and lack of social support
- Family history of mental illness
The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the
warning signs, take those signs seriously, and know how
to respond when you experience them yourself or see them
in a friend or classmate. The important thing to
remember is that there is hope - and effective, available
treatment - for people who are suicidal. The
following sections will help you understand why people
may feel suicidal and how to be of help to yourself or
someone you know who may be at risk for suicide.
If you are concerned that you or someone you know may be at risk for suicide, we strongly encourage you to do one or more of the following:
Contact a mental health provider on your campus or in your community
Call 1-800-273-8255(TALK), the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, for a referral
Call your college's emergency number
YOU CAN SAVE A LIFE
Emergency Contact Information
Emergency contact information for your campus to get immediate help for a mental health issue. Click here to access the site ULifeLine
Developed by Duke University Medical Center, the Self-e-Valuators is a screening program designed to help students uncover whether they, or a fiend, are at risk for depression, suicide, and several other disorders, including alcohol and drug dependence, eating disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Click here to access the site ULifeLine
Your school's confidentiality policy. Click here to access the site ULifeLine