Suicide Prevention

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Suicide Prevention is EVERYONE’S business

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.

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Common Warning Signs of Suicide can be remembered with the phrase “IS PATH WARM”

IDEATION
Thinking or talking about killing oneself
SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Increased or excessive use of alcohol or other drugs
PURPOSELESSNESS
Feeling a lack of purpose or no reason to live
ANGER
Uncontrolled anger, rage, or seeking revenge
TRAPPED
Feeling there is no way out of the situation
HOPELESSNESS
Feeling no hope for the future or like things will not get better
WITHDRAWAL
Removing oneself from friends, family and usual activities
ANXIETY
Worry, fear, agitation, inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
RECKLESSNESS
Engaging in risky activities
MOOD
Dramatic mood changes-most often depression
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Know the resources and how to get help:

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 CAPS during and after business hours at 561-297-3540 and give the phone to the person in distress. Stay with them while they talk on the telephone.

You can call the after-hours line to determine what to do, if needed.

Click here for additional details on emergency services and resources.

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Online Resources:

 
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You Can Make a Difference - Conversations Can Change Lives

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 nsaltzburg@health.fau.edu.  For assistance with any technical difficulties, please email support@kognito.com.

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 Last Modified 6/4/20