Responding to Suicide Risk | Kent State University
Responding to Suicide Risk
If you need immediate assistance in responding to a threat to your safety or the safety of others, call 911.
- If you need to consult with someone about a student who is disruptive in any educational setting or seems to be showing signs of emotional distress, mental illness, or difficulty in adjusting to college life, contact a mental health resource. You may also consider contacting the Dean of Students to discuss a possible referral to The Care Team.
- If you don’t know whether to be concerned about a behavior, contact Psychological Services 330.672.2487 for guidance.
- If you are concerned about the individual's self-harm outside business hours, contact the 24-hour resources.
If you are NOT concerned for your immediate safety or that of others:
- Do not leave someone alone if there is a risk of self-harm.
- Talk to the individual privately and acknowledge his/her feelings.
- Take it seriously and communicate your concern.
- Know that talking to individuals about suicide does not increase their risk.
- Urge the person to seek professional help immediately, and suggest a mental health resource
Warning signs that someone may be at risk of suicide:
- Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide
- Talking of feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
- Seeking pills, weapons, or other means to kill oneself
- Giving away personal or prized possessions
- Displaying extreme mood swings
- Taking risks/engaging in reckless behaviors
- Increasing use of alcohol and/or drugs
- Withdrawing from friends and family
- Having made previous suicide attempt(s)
Utilize suicide prevention resources
The following suicide prevention resources in Northeast Ohio can be helpful: