If you are interacting with a student and become aware they may be considering attempting suicide, be sure to listen and attempt to understand why the person is feeling the way they do.  Try and be supportive and encouraging and guide them to any solutions for what is troubling them.  Do your best to determine if they have a plan or the means to attempt suicide.  If they have the means readily available try and tactfully remove it from the room. Should the situation become more than you can handle ask Campus Safety to contact the Student Affairs staff member who’s on-call.  If the student is not an imminent danger to themselves or others you can encourage them to talk to a faculty/staff member.  If the student is a danger to themselves or others, you should refer the student to the Counseling Center and even offer to walk over there with them.  If the person becomes threatening/violent or you determine that they have already taken steps toward committing suicide (ex. ingested pills, cut themselves, etc.) please contact 911 or Campus Safety as appropriate. 

Typical warning signs include:

  • Withdrawing from friends/family

  • Loss of interest in usual activities

  • Signs of sadness, hopelessness, or irritability

  • Changes in appetite, weight, behaviors, or sleep patterns

  • Loss of energy

  • Frequent negative self talk

  • Talking, writing, or joking about  suicide

  • Giving away personal possessions