The links on this page provide some very good information about preventing suicide, warning signs and how to access help; no web search can be a substitute for getting help from a caring, trained professional. This is true whether you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be. Counseling & Psychological Services staff are available to consult with all members of the UW Tacoma campus community to help consider the best ways to assist someone who is distressed, given the uniqueness of each person and their circumstances.
Concern about the possibility of suicide is understandable on any college campus. We know that suicide is the second highest cause of death (following accidents) nationally for people in the college age group. To continue the work of making UW Tacoma as safe an environment as possible, we need for suicide prevention to be everyone's responsibility. None of us can see and hear all that goes on around us, so we all have to be alert to signs of distress in others.
Several components of the campus suicide prevention plan can be found online. A consistent theme throughout these prevention elements is our commitment to protecting not just students who may be considering suicide, but also to preserving the quality of life for the community surrounding that person.
Here are some off-campus websites we trust to provide thought and accurate guidance to those concerned about suicidal feelings and behaviors.
This site includes lots of resources specifically developed for a college population. ULifeline includes self evaluations, links to other resources, including links back to the UW Tacoma Student Success site.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is in emotional crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). The Lifeline is a 24-hour hotline available to anyone in emotional crisis. Your call is free and confidential. When you call 1-800-273-TALK, you are calling the crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. After you call, you will hear a message saying you have reached the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You will hear hold music while your call is being routed. You will be helped by a skilled, trained crisis worker who will listen to your problems and will tell you about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
Lifeline content on the new YouTube Abuse and Safety Center
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline has partnered with YouTube to offer suicide prevention resources to the YouTube online community. Lifeline content on the new YouTube Abuse and Safety Center includes information on what to do if someone on YouTube may be at risk of suicide or if someone posts harmful messages about suicide on the site. Also posted are the Lifeline number, a PSA and a link to the Lifeline channel where one can find suicide warning signs.
American Association of Suicidology
An organization of persons focused on suicide including researchers, clinicians, preventionists, crisis workers and survivors of suicide. This site provides statistics, basic information on how to intervene with a suicidal person, and phone numbers for local agencies.