HEALTH AND WELLNESS

Mental Health

Suicide Intervention Program

The Suicide Intervention Program is designed to reduce the risk of self-harming behaviors by reaching out and connecting to students when incidents of concern are reported the University. Health and Wellness connects students to mental health services on and off campus, while working with each individual to alleviate stressors creating a barrier to academic success, including finances, academics, and living arrangements. To report a concern or to speak with our Suicide Intervention Coordinator, email hwsip@uw.edu or call 206.543.7454. Our goal is to promote and foster a healthier environment for all students.Please note this program is not designed to intervene in an emergency. If you, or someone you know is in an urgent situation and needs an immediate response from the University please contact Safe Campus (685-Safe) or 911 for emergent situations and an immediate response.

Possible Warning Signs For Suicide

Some behaviors may indicate that a person is at immediate risk for suicide. The following three should prompt you to immediately call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or a mental health professional, or 911. Health & Wellness is available for response and follow up after the immediate emergency has been addressed.

  • Talking explicitly about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or obtaining a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live

Other behaviors may also indicate a serious risk—especially if the behavior is new; has increased; and/or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Health & Wellness is available to consult and reach out to students in need of support when these risk factors are present.

  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

For more information about our program please contact:

Health & Wellness, Suicide Intervention Program

Email: hwsip@uw.edu

Additional Information and Resources for Suicide Prevention at UW:

Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention
UW Counseling Center
Hall Health Mental Health 

 Additional Off-Campus Resources

Off Campus resources for students, friends and family with questions or concerns:

Suicide Risk Within Specific Student Communities

According to the CDC, members of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community are four times more likely to attempt suicide as their heteronormative peers, and questioning youth are three times more likely. Nearly half of transgender youths report thoughts of suicide, while a quarter of this group reports at least one suicide attempt. Students who identify as gender fluid, gender diverse queer and/or questioning may feel more comfortable accessing support services that incorporate their identity as part of the support process.  The following resources are devoted to the focus of suicide in the LGBTQ community:

The Trevor ProjectA nationwide program focused on suicide prevention for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning teenagers and young adults.

GLBT National Help CenterProvides peer support to members of the GLBT community. Support is provided through an online chat and hotline.

It Gets Better ProjectA movement that aims to reassure and inspire gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that yes, it does get better – as well as take steps to actually help make things better.

Diverse Student Community Support

Students with  multicultural or diverse identities can also be disproportionately impacted by suicide due to a variety of reasons including but not limited to; financial difficulties, familial pressure, racial discrimination and prejudice. Students seeking help for mental health with an understanding of their diverse identities can also find support through:

Asian American Suicide Prevention and Education According to recent American College Health Association research, Asian American Students may be at higher risk of suicide compared to other college peers. The AASPE website is dedicated to raising awareness and addressing suicide risk among Asian American populations.

Mental Health AmericaThis organization promotes mental health in the United States. The website contains specific discussions on mental health problems in specific demographic and racial groups with a focus on diverse representations and identities.

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide A nonprofit organization focusing specifically on suicide prevention in communities of color.

Veterans

Besides dealing with the social and academic pressures which accompany college life, Veterans may also have to deal with adjusting to their new civilian life. This can be particularly challenging, especially when Veterans suffer from post traumatic stress disorder or other mental health concerns. Veterans also have higher rates of suicide than the general population. Below are specific resources dedicated to Veteran mental health:

SVAStudent Veterans of America is founded by college students who are also veterans. The focus of this organization is to support student veterans in higher education.

US Department of Veterans AffairsProvides mental health resources and information to veterans including suicide prevention.

Veterans Crisis LineVeterans, their families, and concerned community members can text, or chat with someone at the Veterans Crisis Line to get help with crisis situations, such as a veteran about to engage in self harm.