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Suicide has become a prevalent mental health concern in the United States with over 30,000 people taking their lives each year. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, it is important to get help. You can save a life, maybe your own.
How to Identify the Risk Factors for Suicide
- Previous suicide attempt
- Excessive alcohol or other drug use
- Rational thinking is lost
- Ending of a significant relationship
- An organized suicide plan
- Isolating him- or herself from friends and family
- Neglecting appearance and hygiene
- Expressing the belief that life is meaningless
- Talking about suicide or death
- Obtaining a weapon or other means of hurting self
How to Help Someone
- Listen intently and let the person vent.
- Practice reflective listening- reflect back to them what you think they are saying in a non-judgmental manner.
- Validate their feelings and help them to calm and slow down.
- Directly ask them if they have considered suicide (do not just wonder, ask).
- Help them gain understanding of the situation and regain a sense of control.
- In an immediate emergency situation contact the Campus Police at (412) 397-2424.
- Be willing to go with them to get help. Go to the RA or the Crisis Counselor at (412) 397-6040.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
RE:SOLVE Crisis Network
1-888-7-You Can (1-888-796-8226)