The Suicide and Violence Prevention staff are devoted to creating a safety net at NSU, helping to prevent suicide and violence. The most effective ways to prevent suicide and violence are to know the warning signs, take them seriously, and help the individual access the appropriate resources. The only real risk is in doing nothing.


If you or someone you know is suffering and you want to know how to help, call a Suicide Prevention hotline for 24/7 assistance:

  • 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
  • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

If you are concerned about an NSU student, call the Henderson Student Counseling 24/7 hotline:

  • (954) 424-6911

If you are concerned about an NSU employee, call the MHNet hotline:

  • 1-877-398-5816
  • TTY: 1-800-338-2039

It Takes a University to Create a Living Safety Net!
How to get involved

Drs. Scott and Donna Poland (retired school principal) recently completed the Suicide Safer Schools Plan for the state of Texas, sponsored by the Texas Department of State Health Services and Mental Health America of Texas. On August 19th, Dr. Scott Poland provided the keynote address on the plan at the Texas State Suicide Prevention Symposium in Houston.  It is now available on the Texas Suicide Prevention website: www.texassuicideprevntion.org or by direct link at www.texassuicideprevention.org/information-library/schools-and-youth-materials/

Suicide Prevention Videos

Please join us for a free and informative webinar Suicide Prevention in Schools is Essential: Understand the Liability and Mental Health Issues on Wednesday, April 22 at 2 p.m. EDT featuring Dr. Scott Poland, a national expert on suicide prevention education in schools. The increase in youth suicide means that schools cannot ignore the issue and instead need to face it head on. However, schools have many concerns about suicide prevention education that Dr. Poland can answer, such as:

  • How do we deliver the most effective suicide prevention programming while considering liability?
  • What do our students and community believe about youth suicide that we need to address first?
  • Unfortunately there has been a suicide in my community, now what can I do to prevent further suicides from happening?

Dr. Poland will address these important issues and many more on the one-hour webinar. Dr. Poland has a comprehensive understanding of the issues schools face when trying to prevent suicide and recently co-authored the book Suicide in Schools: A Practitioner's Guide to Multi-level Prevention, Assessment, Intervention, and Postvention. His years in the field and recent publishing have shown him that schools can address this complex issue with proper training and best practices. Join this free webinar to learn more.

Suicide Prevention Webinar (video)

This webinar illuminates what administrators and teachers can actually do to prevent suicide, to intervene with suicidal young people, and to effectively respond in the aftermath of a suicide. The presenters, Dr. Scott Poland, Dr. Douglas Flemons, and Dr. Donna Poland, will share their extensive knowledge from both mental-health and administrative viewpoints.

Self-Injury: Testimony, Insight, and Critical Issues (video)

Dr. Poland, Co-Director of the Suicide and Violence Prevention Office, created this important video on the issue of self-injury. In "Self-Injury: Testimony, Insight, and Critical Issues," participants will gain insight into the incidence of self-injury and associated risk factors, the new breed of self-injury, the relationship between self-injury and suicide, and major theories related to self-injury. Focus will also be on hearing from those who have struggled with self-injury. Open the "Training Videos" tab to watch the video now.

This website was developed [in part] under a grant number SM-09-001 from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The views, policies, and opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of SAMHSA or HHS.