- Giving away personal possessions of great value and importance.
- Lack of interest in activities that were once favorites.
- Increase use/abuse of alcohol and drugs.
- Engaging in high-risk behavior such as mixing drugs and alcohol.
- Physical and emotional pain that is severe.
- An increase/decrease in eating and sleeping.
- Withdrawal from friends and loved ones.
- Saying things such as “I can’t take it anymore,” “No one would notice if I were gone,” “I am never going to get better.”
- Having a plan/disclosure of previous attempts.
- A recent trauma from which the person is not recovering.
“Center for Counseling and Psychological Healing: Suicide Prevention,”
http://www.umass.edu/counseling/services/suicide-prevention, (August 25, 2014)
“Get Help: The Warning Signs,”
http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/the-warning-signs (August 25, 2014)
Campus Resources for Emergencies
- Campus police: 413.559.5555; from a campus phone, dial 1-911 or x 5555.
- Hampshire College health and counseling services during business hours: 413.559.5458.
- Evening/weekends: 413.559.5555 or 1.911 from a campus phone. Ask for the area coordinator on call. The area coordinator will assess urgency and call the mental health provider on call.
- Off-campus students: Call Hampshire County Crisis Services (CSO) at 413.586.5555 or call campus police as stated above.
- Peer chaplains: To schedule an appointment, email Liza Neal at lmnSA@hampshire.edu.
For additional support/referral information:
- Dean of Students Office: 413.559.5412
- Office of Spiritual Life: 413.559.5282
- The Wellness Center: 413.559.5743
- The Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth ages 13-24) 1.866.488.7386 available 24/7, free and confidential
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1.800.273.8255 available 24/7. Free and confidential
- Ulifeline (anonymous confidential online emotional health resource center for college students) www.ulifeline.org
Helping a Friend
- Listen: Be an active listener; allow them to express what they are feeling without judgment.
- Express concern: Encourage them to seek additional resources such as Health and Counseling services.
- Ask: be direct and talk openly. Ask them if they have had any suicidal thoughts, plans, or intentions. Take their comments seriously; do not dare them to do it or brush them off.
- Ask for help: if they are in immediate danger call an area coordinator, campus police, or health and counseling services for urgent assistance.
- Self-care: Reach out to someone you trust, seek support.
For additional support check out the Trevor Project, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, and Reachout.com at the links below: