Know The Warning Signs

UM Unites to Prevent College Suicide by Transforming Campus Culture


The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs, take those signs seriously, and respond appropriately. Common warning signs of suicide include:

  • Hopelessness
  • Feeling trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Uncontrolled anger or rage
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Risky behavior
  • Withdrawing from friends, family and society
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life

Get help IMMEDIATELY by contacting a mental health professional or calling 9-1-1 or The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (TALK).


Campus Resources – Help is available on campuses through the following resources:

  • Student counseling center, Student health service
  • Resident hall director, dean, advisors, faculty
  • Campus religious/spiritual leader
  • Community mental health center, local crisis center or hotlines

In an Emergency – If you cannot reach the contacts listed above during a crisis:

  • Take the individual to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic
  • Do not leave the person alone until professional help is with him/her