Suicide Prevention

Suicide prevention is everyone’s business. Be a lifesaver.

Risk Factors for Suicide

College life can be stressful for students of all ages and from all backgrounds, but there are some common risk factors that may put you or a friend at higher risk for emotional distress:

    Alcohol or drug abuse
    Recent job loss
    Lack of social support, sense of isolation
    Major physical illnesses
    History of trauma or abuse
    Hopelessness
    Family history of suicide

Signs that Require Immediate Attention

    Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
    Looking for a way to kill themselves
    Behaving recklessly
    Suicidal ideation (suicidal thoughts; thinking of ways to commit suicide)

How to Intervene

Talking to someone about suicide can help set someone on the path to recovery, and please know that talking about it does not put the idea in their head.

DO:

  •      Be available to listen, to talk, to be concerned
  •      Know that a suicide threat or attempt is a plea for help
  •      Take the student seriously and validate their concerns
  •      Set aside your own ideas about suicide and try to remain calm
  •      Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide - it does not put the idea in their head
  •      Refer them to Tuttleman Counseling (215-204-7276) and make them aware of the suicide prevention resources available
  •      Continue to check up on them and be available for support
  •      Remind them that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength

DON’T:

  •      Ignore your own limitations
  •      Minimize the situation or the person’s depth of feeling

Remember: Helping a friend or student who is in distress can be stressful, so be sure to take care of yourself too!