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Suicide Prevention Policy
The RMU Counseling Center works to enhance student welfare by the provision of basic suicide prevention education for parents, staff, and students. This education consists of enhanced awareness about potential suicidal behavior among students and includes training on the detection, identification, and referral of students who may be at risk for suicidal behavior. Designated staff will offer assistance to students, parents, and staff.
A suicide threat is defined as any spoken, written, or behavioral indication of self-destructive tendencies with the intent of taking one’s own life. All personnel will take all such threats seriously and implement the RMU Suicide Prevention Policy.
Any RMU employee who becomes aware of a suicide threat or gesture, whether written, verbal, or behavioral, must contact the Counseling Center immediately. Please call (412) 397-5900 during business hours, call the emergency crisis line after hours, or walk the student to the Counseling Center in the lower level of Patrick Henry Center (former Career Center).
Student Suicide Attempt
All attempted suicides will be treated as medical emergencies. The attempt may not appear lethal; however, any attempt will be considered serious and will require action. University staff or faculty will not make an independent determination as to the lethality of the attempt. The management of all students who have made suicide attempts will follow the procedures for threatened suicide, and additionally will include immediate notification of the Counseling Center and further assessment.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (8255) - 24/7 support
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
Suicide Prevention Information