This information should not be used to clinical diagnosis any particular persons. The purpose of this information is to assist the GSU campus community in our efforts to respond to distressed students.
Suicide is one of three leading causes of death for young people under 25. Some suicide risk factors are: prior history of suicide attempts or self-injurious behaviors, current/ past psychiatric disorders, family history, and triggering events. It is vital to take any suicidal behaviors serious. Seek help from a mental health professional or by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) if you or someone you know exhibits suicidal behaviors.
Suicide Warning Signs
- Threatening/Talking about killing oneself
- Looking for ways to kill oneself (firearm, pills, car, etc)
- Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when it is not typically in one's character
- Feeling hopeless, helpless, rage, trapped, or anxious
- Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
- Increased alcohol or drug use
- Withdrawal from family, friends, community
- Unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
- Dramatic mood changes
- Inability to see reason to live
- Take all suicidal behaviors/comments serious - many persons wanting to commit suicide give warning signs of their intent.
- Be direct - ask person if they are suicidal, is there a plan, how do they plan to carry it out.
- Refer person to professional mental health staff -be a friend in need, take the extra step and make sure this person gets the help they need.
- Minimize suicidal behavior/comments
- Trying to problem solve
- Being afraid to ask
- Leaving person alone if they have a plan
- Over committing yourself
- Ignoring your limitations (Refer, Refer, Refer)
This information is based on the U.S Department of Health and Human Services - Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Organization.