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Suicide Prevention

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. The number one cause of suicide for college student suicides (and all suicides) is untreated depression. The transition to college can be a stressful and difficult time, during which students may feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, or inadequate. It is not unusual in the course of studies or work for a person to encounter challenges which may feel overwhelming; perhaps the loss of a significant person, failure to achieve one’s goals or changes in important relationships. Sometimes the challenges leave a person wondering if life in such circumstances is sustainable, whether it is worth continuing to live. 

We know that hopelessness, despair, and feeling alienated from others are leading warning signs for people feeling suicidal. We also know that being able to talk with someone about what is troubling and hurtful can lead to different and life affirming perspectives. Expressions of concern by friends, faculty and staff, the presence of helping resources combined with the personal effort to reach out and utilize help can and often does help. 

The materials and resources provided on this page are meant to serve as starting places to better understand the risk factors, warning signs and importance of getting help for persons feeling suicidal. Each of us matters; we can make a difference in another person’s life. 

If you have any thoughts of suicide, please listen to this interview.

If at any point you wish to consult with a person trained to listen and provide support to persons who are suicidal, please call:

  • The IUP Counseling Center: 724-357-2621
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
    • For the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, TTY: 1-800-799-4889
  • Hopeline: 1-800-442-HOPE (1-800-442-4673)

Visit Crisis and Emergency Services for more information from the IUP Counseling Center and services available for students in crisis.

If you are an IUP faculty member or other member of the IUP community and you have urgent questions about a student who needs immediate attention, please call 724-357-2621, and our faculty psychologists and staff members will help you with these issues. If there is an emergency after hours, please contact campus police at 724-357-2141, and they will contact us at our after-hours, on-call number.

  • The Counseling Center
  • Suites on Maple East, G31
    901 Maple Street
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2621
  • Fax: 724-357-7728
  • Client Services Summer 2014
  • Administrative Hours Daily
  • 8:00 a.m.–Noon and 12:30–4:00 p.m.
  • In case of an emergency, dial 911, go to the Indiana Regional Medical Center, contact University Police at 724-357-2141, or call the Armstrong-Indiana Crisis Hotline at 1-877-333-2470.