Suicide Prevention

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

Get Help

If you or a friend is in immediate danger on or around Temple Main Campus, please call Campus Safety at 215-204-1234.

If you are located off campus, please call 911.

If you or a friend would like to talk to someone confidentially about any concerns or for support, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7.

If you or a friend would like to speak to a counselor at the Tuttleman Counseling Center at Temple University please call (215) 204-7276.

Click the links below to learn more:

Resources

Campus Resources

National Resources

Risk Factors

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
  •      Prior suicide attempt

Warning Signs

Familiarizing yourself with these warning signs may help you to be better equipped to recognize when you or a friend may need help. If you notice these symptoms, know that it is appropriate to express your concerns.

  •      Withdrawing from friends, family, or society
  •      Increased use of drugs/alcohol
  •      Changes in sleep patterns
  •      Dramatic changes in mood
  •      Extreme changes in weight
  •      Talking about feeling trapped
  •      Talking about being a burden to others

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!

Suicide Prevention at Temple

SAMHSA Campus Suicide Prevention Grant

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

The SAMHSA Garret Lee Smith (GLS) Campus Suicide Prevention Grant is intended to facilitate a comprehensive approach to preventing suicide in institutions of higher education. This program is designed to assist colleges and universities build a foundation for their efforts to prevent suicide attempts and completions and to enhance services for students with mental and substance use disorders that put them at risk for suicide and suicide attempts.

In 2012, Temple University, was awarded the SAMHSA GLS Grant.  With these funds, the Wellness Resource Center has implemented a series of programs to further suicide prevention and stigma reduction on our campus. The goals of these programs are to teach students and faculty to identify individuals in distress, refer these individuals to appropriate resources, and support students in need.  Some of these current and future programs include:

  •      The Student Safety Nest, a comprehensive faculty and staff resource guide for assisting students in need
  •      A comprehensive guide for mental health resources in the Philadelphia area tailored to the needs of Temple University students
  •      Comprehensive training to faculty, staff, and student groups including Safe Zone Training, Brief Motivational Interviewing, Kognito and Say Something @Temple
  •      Comprehensive mental health and suicide prevention programming presented to students across the university
  •      A series of Suicide Prevention Posters geared towards Veteran students, LGBTQ students, Commuter students, International student and the student body as a whole

Programs and Services

Lifesaver Suicide Prevention Programs

Join the Lifesaver ranks on Temple’s Campus!

We offer several trainings that combine to allow students to become Lifesaver Certified at Temple University to help friends who are experiencing issues in their lives. Lifesavers at Temple help create a culture of both helping others and asking for help. Sign up through the links below to become certified:

Brief Motivational Interviewing is a training that focuses on having effective conversations with other students who are in distress.

Sign up for BMI here

Say Something @ Temple is a Bystander Intervention training program that focuses on mental and behavioral health and gives students the knowledge to safely intervene when a peer is exhibiting a problematic behavior.

Sign up for SS@T here

Want more information about becoming a Lifesaver?  Please contact the Wellness Resource Center at 215-204-8436 if you are interested in our current programs or if you have any suggestions for future programming that you would like to see implemented at Temple University!

Faculty and Staff

Refer to Student Safety Nest Guide for information on intervening in various situations beyond suicide

Parents

  •      Pay attention to sudden changes in behavior and actions that seem out of character
  •      Be open to seeking help if and when it becomes necessary
  •      Refer to http://www.transitionyear.org for information on how to help your child prepare for and deal with the stresses of college living  

Resources for Specific Populations

If you fall into the category of an LGBTQIA Student, an International Student, a Veteran Student, a Student with Disabilities, or a Commuter Student, know that you are not alone. The resources listed on the linked page will lead you to groups of like-minded individuals in our area and nationwide who can support you during tough times.

Survivor and Family Resources

This document includes information about online forums, in-person support groups, as well as various articles about the realities of coping with the loss of a loved one. This information is provided courtesy of the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC), which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) and the Education Development Center (EDC).