Depression and Suicide
Going to college can be a difficult transition. It’s normal to feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate and stressed at times during this stage of life. When these feelings persist, they may develop into depression.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students and untreated depression is the number one cause of suicide. A recent survey by American College Health Association found that more than half of college students have experienced overwhelming anxiety sometime over the past year. More than 30 percent of them said they have felt so depressed that it was difficult to function. Nearly 40 percent said they felt things were hopeless.
The Counseling Center provides a range of services to help students develop improved coping skills to address emotional, interpersonal and academic concerns. Services include individual, couples and group counseling, and psychiatric services. The Counseling Center offers primarily short-term counseling, and will help students initiate referrals to community-based services when students need specialized or longer term services.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free, confidential suicide prevention and intervention services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call toll-free, 1.800.273.TALK (8255). The Crisis Text Line is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Text “START” to 741-741.
If someone is having a mental health emergency—you believe they are of imminent harm to themselves or others—call for help immediately:
- On-campus, dial 508.999.9191 (or 9191 from a campus phone)
- Off-campus, dial 911
Suicide Myths and Facts
Myth: People who talk about suicide won't really do it.
Fact: Almost everyone who attempts suicide has given some clue or warning. Never ignore suicidal statements.
Myth: If a person is going to attempt suicide, nothing will stop them.
Fact: Most who attempt suicide remain uncertain of the decision until the final moment. Most suicidal people don't wish for death; they just want the pain to stop.
Myth: Talking about suicide may give someone the idea.
Fact: Bringing up the subject and talking about it is one of the most helpful things you can do. It helps someone feel less alone.