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 raise a concern about suicide include the following:

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

If a student exhibits any of these behaviors, always seek consultation regarding how to proceed, either from

People in these offices will help you think through how you may be helpful to the student. If you are hesitant to identify the student you are concerned about at this point, you may seek consultation from these offices without naming the student. However, if there is risk of imminent harm, you may need to identify the student even if you are initially reluctant to do so.