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Warning Signs

  • 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

National Helplines

  • 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:

http://www.thetrevorproject.org/pages/the-warning-signs
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/gethelp/someone.aspx
http://us.reachout.com/facts/factsheet/worried-about-a-friend-who-is-self-harming
 

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