Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. While in college, it is not unusual for a student to encounter challenges which feel overwhelming. Sometimes these challenges leave a person wondering if it is worth continuing to live, as people are usually in unbearable emotional pain and suicide seems like the only solution. Most people who are suicidal want to live but are unable to find another way to cope with their thoughts or feelings. Paying attention to the warning signs can save a life. In fact, over 75 percent of college students will turn to a friend when in distress (Jed Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). If you, or someone you know, have thoughts of suicide, help is available.
Tell the person you care about them and are concerned. Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. Ask them if they have a plan, and bring them to CAPS.
Offer to make an appointment with them.
You can call the after-hours line to determine what to do, if needed.
Have you ever been worried about a friend or a student on campus? Students, faculty, and staff are in an ideal position to recognize when someone is struggling emotionally and may need help. Kognito At Risk is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with a virtual student, so you'll know what to say in real life. FAU is making this program available to students, faculty, and staff to help create a safer and more supportive campus. Visit fau.kognito.com to access this free resource, and sign in using your FAUNet ID. For more information about the program, or to request a post-training discussion for your class, student organization, or department contact Dr. Nikki Saltzburg at firstname.lastname@example.org. For assistance with any technical difficulties, please email email@example.com.