Know The Warning Signs

UM Unites to Prevent College Suicide by Transforming Campus Culture

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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).

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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