HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Suicide Intervention Program
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
Additional Information and Resources for Suicide Prevention at UW:Forefront: Innovations in Suicide Prevention:
Additional Off-Campus Resources
Off Campus resources for students, friends and family with questions or concerns:
- Crisis Text Line: Text “Start” to 741-741 (confidential, free, crisis intervention- via text)
- Now Matters Now: Skills and support for coping with suicidal thoughts
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center
- ULifeline.org: Online resources for college mental health.
- HalfOfUs : Provided in partnership with MTVu — provides education on depression, bipolar, suicide, eating disorders, anxiety, stress, alcohol and drugs, and cutting.
- National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Or call 800.273.8255(TALK) For Hearing and Speech Impaired: 800.799.4TTY (4889)
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: