• The Counseling Center – (410) 617-2273
• Grassroots Suicide Hotline – (410) 531-6677
• Baltimore Crisis Response Suicide Hotline – (410) 752-2272
• First Call For Help Suicide Hotline (English & Spanish) 1-800-492-0618
• ULifeline National Suicide Prevention – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
• Crisis Text Line – Text START to 741-741
Each day in the U.S., an average of three college students die from suicide. That’s three extended families, three constellations of friends, and three campuses forever changed by suicide.
The Loyola University community, students, staff, and faculty alike, can make a difference in preventing suicide and supporting struggling students on campus. This Fall, The Counseling Center’s Public Health efforts focus on Suicide Prevention. The campaign shares information and resources to raise awareness about suicide, learning to recognize the warning signs of suicide, and how to get help for yourself or others.
Recognize the Warning Signs
While we cannot predict whether someone will attempt suicide, there are some warning signs to pay attention to:
• Talking about wanting to die
• Looking for ways to kill oneself
• Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose
• Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain
• Talking about being a burden to others
• Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
• Acting anxious, agitated, or recklessly
• Sleeping too much or too little
• Withdrawing socially or becoming increasingly isolated
• Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
• Displaying extreme mood swings
If you or someone you know is displaying these signs or making suicidal statements, contact The Counseling Center at (410) 617 2273 or another Emergency Resource right away.
How To Get Help
If anyone you know, including yourself, is struggling with suicidal thoughts, get help immediately. If it is during office hours, call the Counseling Center at (410) 617-2273. For after-hours support, call (410) 617-5530. If you are with someone at risk and cannot get them to the Counseling Center, don’t leave them alone. Contact one of the above or Loyola's Department of Public Safety (410) 617-5911 and stay with the person until help arrives.
Finally, if you are worried about a friend, a roommate, or yourself, visit us any weekday, 8:30-5:00, in Humanities Center 150 (up the spiral steps in the turret, near the big curving bench), or check out our website: Helping a Friend.
We Care. We’re here to help. Let’s Talk.
Helping a Friend
Listen Attentively: Show you are actively engaged in the conversation through use of eye contact, nodding, and minimal encourages (e.g. “Go on…,”).
Reflective Communication: Restate or summarize what your friend is saying to demonstrate understanding (e.g., “It sounds like you are feeling…,” “I’m hearing that…”).
Express Care/Concern: Demonstrate empathy, provide emotional support, and offer encouragement.
Be Direct: Do not be afraid to ask about suicide. Asking about suicide does not cause suicide to occur. Bringing up the topic of suicide can provide an opportunity for someone to share about having suicidal thoughts that they may have kept hidden otherwise.
Speak up and Seek Support: If you or someone you know are experiencing suicidal thoughts, seek immediate help by contacting the Counseling Center at (410) 617-2273, After-hours Crisis Line (410) 617-5530, or 911. Express concern to your friend directly and the need to contact emergency supports to help ensure their safety and well-being. Stay with your friend until they are connected with emergency supports.
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