Suicide Prevention

Suicide is reported to be the second leading cause of death among college students, and 45% of college students have reported feeling so depressed at some point that it was hard to function.

Depression is a whole-body illness. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself, and the way you think about things. Depression and other mood disorders are not a passing sad or irritable mood. They are not a symptom of personal weakness or of a character flaw. People with depression cannot just suck it up, get over it, or pull it together. Without treatment, symptoms can last for weeks, months or years. Over 80% of those who suffer from depression feel some relief from professional help.

Not all depressed college students are suicidal, but most suicidal college students are depressed. We know that hopelessness, despair, and feeling alienated from others are the leading warning signs for people feeling suicidal. We also know that being able to talk with someone about what is troubling and hurtful can make a real difference in one's life. Students often feel helped by hearing concern from loved ones and getting connected to resources.

The resources provided on this site are meant to serve as starting places to better understand the risk factors, warning signs, and importance of getting help for people who are feeling suicidal. Each of us matters and can make a difference in another person's life. If at any point you wish to consult with a person trained to listen and provide support, please call the University Health Center Mental Health Service at (301) 314-8106, Monday through Friday 8:30am-5pm. After hours, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). This hotline is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. In case of an emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.