Are you having thoughts about suicide?
You are not alone. Many people consider suicide as a way to escape the pain and suffering in their life, but suicide is a permanent solution to what may be a temporary problem. Please reach out. There is help.
- Reach out to friends and family. Many people feel immediate relief just from having shared their story.
- Reach out to someone trained to assist. Talking with a counselor can often help you to find alternative ways to address problems so that suicide no longer feels like the only option.
- The counseling services at AppState’s Counseling Center are free for students. Come in Monday through Friday 8:30-11:00 a.m. & 1:00-4:00 p.m. for an intake that will help match you up with a counselor.
- If you need to talk to someone immediately and it is after business hours, the National Suicide Hotline is available at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or you can connect to Lifeline Chat Services.
- If suicidal thoughts have become so intense that you fear you may act on them, please come to the Counseling Center anytime Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and let our front desk know you are experiencing a crisis and need to speak to someone and a counselor will meet with you.
- If it is after 5:00 p.m. or on the weekend and you are having intense suicidal thoughts, please call the Counseling Center at (828) 262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on call.
- To hear stories of others who have been affected by thoughts or acts of suicide go to: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org and http://attemptsurvivors.com/
Concerned about a friend?
- According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, as of 2012, about 8% of college students (undergraduates and graduates) report that they have seriously considered suicide.
- Most people who make a suicide attempt have shared with at least one person that they are really struggling.
- If someone you know is talking about suicide, take them seriously and seek help. Do not make promises about keeping suicide talk confidential.
- Reach out for help from a trained professional. Protecting someone’s life is more important than protecting a secret.
- If you are not sure how deeply your friend is hurting, ask. Ask them directly if things are so bad that they are thinking of killing themselves. While it may seem to be a hard thing to ask, imagine how difficult it is to tell someone that you are thinking of suicide.
- Make it easier for them – ask directly.
- Also ask a trained professional for more information. The counselors at the Counseling Center are available for consultations in which you can get more information about how to help a friend.
- Some problems are too big to carry alone. Suicide is one of them. Let us help you.
Some signs that a friend may be thinking about suicide include:
- A change in typical patterns like eating, sleeping, or hanging out with friends.
- Some people will do things to try to numb their painful feelings such as drinking more alcohol, using drugs, or engaging in more risky behaviors.
- People contemplating suicide may make statements like, “I can’t go on", “I just wish I could disappear", or “I wish I wouldn’t wake up".
- They may engage in behaviors like giving away prized possessions or writing goodbye letters.
If you are seeing these signs, encourage your friend to come to the Counseling Center for a mental health check up. If your friend will not come to the Counseling Center but continues to act or talk in ways that suggest he or she might be at risk for suicide, please call us so we can give you more individualized help.
Our business hours are 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
If it is after hours or a weekend and your friend is making threats about suicide, please contact our after hours service by calling the Counseling Center at (828) 262-3180 and select the option to speak with the counselor on call.
If classes are not in session, call the Watauga County Sheriff's Dispatch at (828) 264-3761 and ask to speak to the emergency clinician for Daymark Recovery Services, Inc. The emergency clinician will return your phone call and offer assistance.
If your friend has made a suicide attempt, please call 911 for immediate medical attention.