According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. and the second leading cause of death in the college population. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides information to help increase suicide awareness and prevention.
Factors that can be a risk for suicide:
- Diagnosed with mental health disorder (mood disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder, and some personality disorders) and/or major physical illness
- Alcohol and/or other drug abuse
- Impulsivity and/or aggression
- History of trauma and/or abuse
- Previous suicide attempts and/or access to lethal means to suicide
- Family history of suicide
- Loss (of relationship, financial security, job)
- Lack of social support and/or social withdrawal
- Stigma about seeking mental health support or asking for help
- Cultural and/or religious beliefs that suicide is a noble way to solve problems
- Exposure to others who died by suicide
Warning signs that someone may be at risk for suicide:
- Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
- Looking for means (searching online for a gun, buying pills)
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or having unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden
- Using more alcohol and/or other drugs
- Engaging in reckless behavior or seeming more anxious or agitated
- Sleeping very little or too much
- Socially withdrawing from others
- Appearing rageful and/or talking about seeking revenge
- Intense mood swings
When someone feels hopeless and questions the reasons to live, it is important to reach out for help! It may also be helpful to bring into awareness one’s personal values. These values provide direction and meaning in life.
If you find yourself, or know someone, at risk for suicide, reach out for help!
24/7 Crisis Support:
Brevard 211 Helpline - Dial 2-1-1 / Text Your Zip Code to: 898211
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 1-800-273-TALK/8255
Crisis Text Line - Text “HOME” to: 741741
SAMHSA’s National Helpline - 1-800-662-HELP/4357
The Student Counseling Center is here for you. The center provides a variety of mental health and wellness services to assist you and other students in successfully reaching personal, academic, and career goals. We are here to support you in your journey!