Title: Danger of suicide : responding to students in distress
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Title: Danger of suicide : responding to students in distress
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Creator: University of Florida. Division of Student Affairs
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Publication Date: 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
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Suicide is the third leading cause of death among
15 to 24 year olds in the U.S. and the second
leading cause of death among college age students.
Suicide claims more lives each year in the U.S. than
homicide. In a national survey of college students,
9.5% reported thinking seriously about suicide and
1.5% reported having made a suicide attempt.


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Unbearable psychological pain is the common
element of suicide. People consider killing
themselves when they lose hope of finding another
way to stop the pain. The risk factors listed below
do not predict how any individual will behave.
Many people may show some of these signs
without ever trying to kill themselves. These are
signs that let us know something may be seriously
wrong and give us an opportunity to reach out and
offer help.

Significant loss
S Prolonged stress
" Unrelieved symptoms of mental health
problems (especially depression)
"' Noticeable changes in personality or lifestyle
Social isolation
1' Loss of interest in activities
Z! Direct or indirect statements about suicide or
hopelessness
Preoccupation with death
~ Making a plan or other preparations
SHistory of previous suicide attempts)


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There are three basic steps for responding to students
in emotional distress:

Deal with Safety Concerns

Rule out any emergency needs requiring immediate
response. If there is imminent danger to the student or
to others, call UPD at 392-1111 if you are on campus,
or 911 if you are off campus. Establishing safety is
essential and emergency responders are trained to
intervene in these circumstances.



2 Listen to the Student
Whether or not you know how to fix the problem,
genuine concern can provide a human connection at a
critical moment. Sometimes a student may only need
someone to listen for a short time in order to clarify
concerns and validate feelings. The student can then
be referred to a resource working within the university
system, if needed. Students with suicide risk factors
should be referred for professional help. Yet even those
who are not suicidal may need more help than you can
provide. There are many campus and community
resources that can offer professional help, including
crisis intervention, counseling for the student and
consultation for you. The resources are listed at the
back of this brochure.

SEncourage Hope for the Future

Often people in crisis may not be thinking clearly and
are in a state of confusion. You can acknowledge this
and remind them not to make any significant decisions
during this time. This crisis is not usually a permanent
state and there may be alternatives that provide hope
for the future.


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GUIDELINES FOR HELPING

Deal withsafety concerns
Listen cnipathically, to the student
Talk openly abOUt suicide
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Consult with a counselor




COUNSELING RESOURCES

COL'NSI'l IN(; CFN I I'K
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[24-hour plione consultation]

Al ACIWA COUNlY CRISIS (JN'I H,
264-6789 [24-bOLir crisis hotline]




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