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Last modified: Monday, 14-Nov-2011 16:23:03 EST

University Counseling Center (UCC)

The Suicidal Student

Although suicide is a rare event, it is the second leading cause of death among college students. People who are suicidal often tell people about their thoughts or give clues to others about their feelings. It is important to view all suicidal comments or behavior as serious and make appropriate referrals. Suicidal states are often associated with major depression, a combination of acute anxiety and depression, post traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder. High risk indicators include: feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and futility; a significant loss or threat of loss; a suicide plan; a history of a previous attempt or knowledge of someone who has attempted suicide; history of alcohol or drug abuse; feelings of alienation and isolation; and preoccupation with death.

Some factors associated with suicide risk are:

A student who is suicidal and who confides in someone is often ambivalent about suicide and open to discussion.

Students who are at high risk usually have a specific plan, have a means that is lethal (e.g., medication, knife, gun), and tend to be or feel isolated.

What You Can Do: Avoid:

Helping Distressed or Distressing Students

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Helping Distressed or Distressing Students