College Student Suicide
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students.
And the number one cause of suicide for college student suicides (and all suicides) is untreated depression.
Going to college can be a difficult transition period in which students may
feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate, and stressed. And these problems may lead to depression. And again, untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide.
Studies indicate that college students who are suicidal are quiet, reserved, depressed, and socially isolated, and thus it is up to all of us to try to identify the suicide warning signs and get help for them.
Additionally, a survey indicates that one in five college students believe that their depression level is higher than it should be, yet only 6% say that they would seek help.
So if a depressed or suicidal student is withdrawn and is reluctant to get treatment, what will happen?
The student may die by suicide.
So if you see somone that needs help, reach out. Ask how they are doing. Be open. Be honest. Get help for them. And follow up.
If you are trying to help someone who is depressed, you can call 1-800-SUICIDE or go to your
school heath facility and ask for assistance.
Just make sure that you take action.
Also, all colleges should have a suicide prevention program. But, unfortunately, many don't, or if they do, the program is inadequate.
Colleges may use any or all of the pages of this website for a suicide prevention program. If you are an administrator or a teacher, take action to set up a program now. If you are a student, talk with administrators about starting a program now. Do not delay. Suicide is always urgent.
Please click below for a free suicide prevention program:
Free Suicide Prevention Program for Schools
For additional information on college suicide, click below:
Joann Mitchell Levy, Sixth NYU Student to Die by Suicide in the Past Year
If you are feeling depressed, then please get help. And do so now.
It is a serious mistake to believe that you can manage depression on your own. You cannot treat any other illness by yourself, so why would you think that you could do so with depression? Maybe you need to learn more about depression and suidide. Suicide.org is a great place to start. Read as much as possible, and if you think that you need help, then get it right away.
Again, if you feel depressed, please get help immediately. Your "blues" may not seem like a big deal now, but depression can worsen, and quickly cause suicidal feelings. If you are depressed, make appointments to see a doctor and a therapist.
If you are low on funds, try to find a low-cost clinic. You can call 1-800-SUICIDE for referrals.
And oftentimes there are student services that are free or cost very little. Check them out.
But please get help when you need it. And remember that it is a sign of strength to reach out for help.
Also, there is an extensive list of suicide hotlines on this website. Remember, you are never alone. Pick up the phone and talk to someone.
If you are suicidal, immediate action is required; so please
read the information on the home page of this website and take action.