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Considerations Regarding Suicide

Thoughts about suicide exist on a continuum, from fleeting wishes to escape a specific life circumstance on one end, to making specific plans to take one’s life on the other.

Signs that may indicate a concern about suicide include:

  • Talking about suicide as a personal option
  • Increased social withdrawal
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Feelings of hopelessness and despair
  • Involvement with alcohol or drugs (increases possibility of impulsive action)

If you have any concern about someone’s risk for suicide, always seek consultation regarding how to proceed, either from Psychological Services (863-3476) or from a Dean of Student Life (863-3145; at night: 863-4111). People in these offices will help you think through how you might be helpful. If you are hesitant to identify the student you are concerned about, you may seek consultation from these offices without naming the person.