Your ability to recognize the signs of emotional distress in a friend or loved one is often noted as the most significant factor in preventing suicide attempts. We invite you to call us if you are troubled by a friend or loved one’s behavior, or if you feel you are in need of help.
People who feel suicidal usually communicate this to others through words or actions. They may talk about their intention to die; they may threaten to commit suicide; they may make an attempt to kill themselves. Whether or not the reasons they give for their words and actions make sense to you, do not dismiss such indications lightly.
Verbal statements like:
Take all statements and actions seriously. These indications are cause for concern under any circumstances, and especially so if they happen close to a significant change or loss in someone’s life (e.g. death of a loved one, relationship breakup, failing academic performance, impending exams/exam results, problems at work, impending legal action).
If you observe any of the above signs of distress and are concerned, please contact the following offices for immediate consultation and assistance: