Suicide

  If You Are in Crisis
 

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (English) or 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish) is the only federally funded hotline for suicide prevention and intervention. People who are in emotional distress or suicidal crisis can call the Lifeline at any time, from anywhere in the Nation, to talk in English or Spanish with a trained crisis worker who will listen to and assist callers in getting the help they need.

 

If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, dial 9-1-1.

On this campus, the primary resource is the Counseling and Wellness Center: (860) 832-1926.

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Warning Signs

  • Feeling trapped, hopeless or deeply depressed
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Change in mood (irritability, poor attention) lasting more than one week
  • Chronic anger, aggression, hostility
  • Extreme change in behavior
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
  • Giving away favorite possessions
  • Drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • Change in eating and sleeping habits
  • Ending significant relationships

 

Risk Factors

  • Mental Illness
    • 90% of adolescent suicide victims have at least one diagnosable, active psychiatric illness at the time of death (most often depression, substance abuse, and conduct disorders).
  • Previous Attempts
    • Between 26% and 33% of adolescent suicide victims have made a previous suicide attempt.
  • Stressors
    • Suicide in youth often occurs after the victim has gotten into some sort of trouble or has experienced a recent disappointment, rejection, or academic pressure.
  • Firearms
    • Having a firearm in the home greatly increases the risk of youth suicide. Sixty-four percent of suicide victims 10-24 years old use a firearm to complete the act.

  

Things You Can Do:

  • Take all threats seriously
  • Be non-judgmental
  • Share feelings
  • Do not be afraid to ask questions about the seriousness of suicidal feelings
  • Remove means as long as it poses no threat to you
  • Offer to bring the person to a support service

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 EXTERNAL RESOURCES

 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

The American Association of Suicidology

Families for Depression Awareness

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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