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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 himself/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 oneself
How to Help Someone
- Listen intently and let the person express their feelings and emotions.
- 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.
- Help them gain understanding of the situation and regain a sense of control.
- Directly ask them if they have considered suicide (do not just wonder, ask).
- In an immediate emergency situation contact the University Police at (412) 397-2424.
- Be willing to go with them to get help. Go to the CA or the Counseling Center (412) 397-5900.
Robert Morris University offers free and confidential counseling services for our students. To schedule an appointment, call the Counseling Center at 412-397-5900 or stop by. Walk-in crisis appointments are available Monday-Friday, 9 AM-5PM.
If you need immediate help, please contact the University Police at (412) 397-2424.
Re:solve Crisis Network
1-888-7-You Can (1-888-796-8226) - 24/7 support
Walk-in crisis services, and up to 72-hours of residential services (if referred after a walk-in), in North Braddock, PA
Mobile crisis support teams will travel anywhere in Allegheny County, PA
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-Talk (8255) - 24/7 support
Information on Suicide Prevention
The JED Foundation
ReachOut: Fact Sheets about Suicide and Coping with Loss
Read fact sheets written by young people for young people and edited by a mental health professional.
View real-life stories about young people who have dealt with suicide-related issues here.
Half of Us - Feeling Hopeless
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