If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, seek immediate help by calling 9-1-1
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: “There’s no single cause
for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping
abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Depression is
the most common condition associated with suicide, and it is often undiagnosed
or untreated. Conditions like depression, anxiety, and substance problems,
especially when unaddressed, increase risk for suicide.”
Studies show that approximately 10 percent of college students report having seriously considered attempting suicide and 1.5 percent of college students report having attempted suicide. Studies also show that the percentage of college students who experience
depression and feelings of hopelessness is much larger. This shows that suicidal thoughts fall on a continuum.
Suicidal thoughts can be passive, meaning that a person has occasional thoughts of not wanting to be alive or wishing they could escape life. Suicidal thoughts can also be intentional, meaning the individual has a plan to end one’s life and some intention
of following through on this plan. All suicidal thoughts, whether passive or intentional, should be taken seriously. If your suicidal
thoughts include a plan or intention to carry out the plan, seek immediate help
by calling 9-1-1.
Suicidal thoughts can be difficult to predict and, therefore, prevent. However, there are some common warning signs that may indicate a person is experiencing suicidal thoughts. In fact, 75 percent of people who complete suicide tell someone about it
in advance. The following warning signs do not necessarily indicate that a person will attempt suicide, but the presence of several signs indicates that further attention is warranted:
Risk factors do not cause suicide and do not indicate that a person will attempt suicide. Risk factors are characteristics that make a person more vulnerable to having suicidal thoughts.
Protective factors are variables that make a person less vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. This is because these characteristics tend to promote resilience and social connection, which can decrease the likelihood of suicide. People can have both risk factors
and protective factors in their lives; they are not mutually exclusive.
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of suicide, please dial 9-1-1 or contact
IUP Campus Police at 724-357-2141. If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts but are not current danger of attempting suicide,
please seek help by calling 9-1-1.
For Those Considering Suicide A brief video with information about seeking help
Depression at College What to do if you or someone you know is
considering suicide at college
Foundation for Suicide Prevention Information and resources on suicide prevention
The Jed Foundation Expert information and resources to help young adults navigate life challenges
Emergency Mental Health
Resources A list of emergency mental health resources for many different countries, including the US
Suicidal ThoughtsUK-based webpage discussing suicidal thoughts in college students
Singer Mary J. Blige shares her past trauma and depression that led to suicidal thoughts
Singer Pete Wentz discussing his suicide attempt and managing depression