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Responding to Suicidal People

Talking about Suicide

If a student talks or writes about suicide, this should be taken seriously. Suicidal thoughts are in themselves not necessarily dangerous; however, if the student discusses actual plans for suicidal behaviors, the severity of danger increases dramatically. Never assume that talk of suicide is simply an attention-seeking gesture. This could be a fatal mistake. 

The statistics:
  • 10.3 percent of college students consider suicide.
  • 6.7 percent of college students make a plan.
  • 1.5 percent of college students attempt suicide.
  • It is estimated that there are more than 1,000 suicides on college campuses per year, according to the American College Health Association.
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students, second only to accidents.

 If you become aware of a student who is thinking about suicide, please make an immediate referral to the Counseling Center, Bldg. S, Room S136. Please call 972-860-4673/4339 for a consultation if you are unsure how to handle this situation or if the student is reluctant. 

If a student clearly states the intent to commit suicide, call the campus Police Department by dialing 9-1-1 from a college phone or at 972-860-4290. Dialing 9-1-1 from an outside line will take you to the nationally recognized 9-1-1 service.