Direct and indirect statements and/or behaviors that indicate a risk for suicidal or homicidal behaviors:
- Threatening harm to self or others
- Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other lethal means
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
- Depression, hopelessness, shame
- Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger
- Seeking revenge
- Acting reckless
- Excessive alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawing from friends, family, and responsibilities
- Experiencing anxiety, agitation, insomnia, excessive sleeping
- Severe mood swings
- Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life
When information is not enough
- Head to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic
- Do not leave the person alone until a professional is with him/her (unless you are in danger)
- Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects from the situation if possible
Resources for College Students
Active Minds is a non-profit, student-run organization whose mission is to promote mental health awareness, eliminate the stigma of mental health illnesses, and to serve as a liaison between students and the mental health community. Active Minds includes 402 chapters at colleges and universities across the U.S.
Go Ask Alice! is a web-based health question-and-answer service produced by Alice!, Columbia University’s Health Education Program. Go Ask Alice! offers information for students to assist in making health-related decisions and answers questions about things like: relationships, sexuality, emotional health, alcohol and other drugs, etc. The Go Ask Alice! “archive on emotional health” also has information on suicide and depression.
Samaritans is an organization based in the United Kingdom that offers 24-hour support to people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.
Ulifeline.org is a web-based resource created by the Jed Foundation to provide students with non-threatening and supportive information. Students are able to download information about various mental illnesses, ask questions, and seek help anonymously.
Resources for Veteran Students and their Families
Mental Health Services Locator in your community
Substance Abuse Services Locator in your community
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.