Suicide is rarely a death wish and it is NOT an impulsive act. There is hope....Intervention
can help. Young people who get help are later appreciative to still be alive.
What Can You Do?
Look for these warning signs:
- Depression which can be difficult to recognize, is an important key. Signs of depression that
should not be dismissed include excessive sleep, frequent headaches and body aches
and pains, anxiety, lethargy, and not being able to concentrate. Ironically, once
a suicide plan is in place, a sense of calmness appears and the signals of depression
- A change in behavior and/or personality - A normally outgoing person may become withdrawn,
while a normally reserved person may become wild and reckless.
- Dramatic changes in mood
- Withdrawl from friends, family, school and activities
- A person making "final arrangements" needs to be listened to. A suicidal person may
suddenly start giving away possessions.
- Do not ignore verbal messages from threats like "I'll just kill myself" and "I wish
I were dead", to more disguised comments like "I'm no good", "I can't do anything
right", and "I'm just a burden to everyone." Take the threat (no matter how small)
- Is there a history of previous suicidal attempts? Four out of five suicide victims
attempted it at least once before.
- Take any hint of suicide seriously. Saving a life is more important than saving a
- Talk and listen to the person -- communication is a key to suicide prevention. This
person needs someone to hear his/her pain.
- Do not minimize his/her problems or place shame on the individual. These are real
feelings of hopelessness that need to be dealt with.
- Reassure the person that help is available, depression is treatable, and the feelings
of suicide are temporary.
- GET HELP! Get the person to a competent professional as quickly as possible. Notify Campus
Safety (972.721.5305 or 972.554.2911), the UD Health Clinic (972.721.5322), Michael
Brock (counselor) (214.364.4154), the Student Life Office (972.721.5323) or a Resident
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Awareness Voices in Education
National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Stop a Suicide