Suicide. It’s tough to talk about, but learning the facts and signs can save a life.
UHS’ Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) is spreading the word, as part of a grant-funded project training individuals and groups to recognize those at risk, and intervene if needed. In October, 2009, the department received a second three-year federal grant to expand prevention efforts.
The CCPH offers free trainings for the UMass Amherst campus community. Learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide and what to do if you see them – you could save a life.
For information or to schedule a session, call (413) 545-2337.
Students and suicide
College students can face serious mental and behavioral health issues, including depression and binge drinking. The challenge for mental health professionals is how to identify and help them; nationwide, fewer than 20% of students who die by suicide are past or current clients of their school’s counseling center.
However, students who do connect with services often benefit significantly. UMass Amherst surveys have shown that over 80% of those who sought mental health care said services helped them stay in school and improve academic performance.
For information and help, call UHS' Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, (413) 545-2337.
Suicide myths and facts
- People who talk about suicide won’t really do it.
- If a person’s going to attempt suicide, nothing will stop them.
- People who commit suicide are unwilling to seek help.
- Anyone who attempts suicide must be psychotic or insane.
- Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
Fact: Almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Don’t ignore suicide statements.
Fact: Most who attempt suicide remain uncertain of the decision until the final moment. Most suicidal people don’t wish for death – they wish for the pain to stop.
Fact: Studies show that more than half of suicide victims sought professional help within six months of their death.
Fact: Most people who commit suicide aren’t psychotic, although many are depressed.
Fact: Talking about suicide doesn’t give someone suicidal thoughts – the opposite is true. Bringing up the subject and talking about it is one of the most helpful things you can do. It helps a suicidal person feel understood and shows you understand the suffering the person’s experiencing.