Suicide Prevention in College Students

Facts about suicide in college students:

  • 10% of college students have either made a plan or have thought about committing suicide.
  • There are 1,000 deaths on college campuses every year due to suicide.

(Emory University, 2017)

Risk Factors:

  • Schizophrenia, Conduct disorder, Anxiety disorders, Substance abuse disorders, Stressful events, Access to harmful objects, Exposure to another suicide, Family history

(American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017)

Some common warning signs:

  • Feeling of hopelessness, Anxiety, Feeling trapped, Social withdrawal, Anger, Personality changes, Recklessness, Talking about taking one’s own life

(American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017)

Coping strategies:

  • Doodle or color, Re-organize your room, Remember a happy time and relive it in your mind, Clap your hands until it stings, Write down your feelings and then rip up the papers, Go to a safe place, Exercise or do yoga, Listen to music

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“Place your hand over your heart, can you feel it? That is called purpose. You’re alive for a reason so don’t ever give up.” – Unknown