Suicide Prevention Information

Who is at risk for suicide? People who feel hopeless and helpless regarding changing their situations may be at risk. Most people experience sad or stressful life circumstances before becoming suicidal.

Warning signs that someone may be in danger:

Other risk factors:

Is it true that people who threaten suicide won’t really go through with it?

No. The great majority of people who commit suicide do talk about their intention to kill themselves. Threats may be direct, as in "All I can think about is wanting death" or indirect, such as "At least I won’t have to put up with these problems much longer."

Do people who attempt suicide really want to die?
Almost everyone who thinks about suicide has mixed feelings about death. They want their problems to end and their pain to stop. Only when they feel no one can help them does death seem like the only solution. Suicide threats can be understood as a plea for help. Hopelessness can wash over people suddenly or take a while to build.

Among college students, 80 percent of suicides involve the use of alcohol or other drugs.

What if it is not clear that the person is suicidal?

Often people are ambivalent – they think suicide might be the answer but they are scared, uncertain and want to live. Sometimes they do not know how to ask for the help they need. They might sound suicidal one moment and deny it the next. If you are trying to help someone in this kind of situation, it can be difficult to know how best to assist them. Helpful things you can do include:

What to do if you think a person might be thinking about suicide:

If you think the person's problems are too difficult to handle by yourself, call The University of Indianapolis Counseling Center, 788-5015, for consultation.

If the person is in immediate danger:

Call 911 immediately (24 hours a day ), if the person:

Help is available at:

University of Indianapolis Student Counseling Center
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. weekdays
Schwitzer Center, Suite 210
(317) 788-5015

University of Indianapolis Campus Police

Immediate Help: Call 911 (24 hours a day)

Help for non-students:
If you are concerned about someone who is not a UIndy Student, you may want to consider a referral to Adult and Child Mental Health Center (317)882-5122.  The Counseling Center can provide a more extensive list of other referral sources in the community as well.

Web sites for more information about suicide:

American Association of Suicidology

American Foundation of Suicide Prevention

National Organization of People of Color Against Suicide

Suicide Prevention Advocacy Network

If someone you know commits suicide:

Friends or family who have had these experiences should seek professional consultation.

College students and depression

Because of improvements in early diagnosis, good therapy, and improved medicines, more students with depression can succeed in college. However, severe bouts of depression can, as mentioned earlier, be a risk factor for suicide.

It is important to be familiar with indications or symptoms of depression.

Suggesting professional consultation is appropriate if someone shows many of these symptoms over a several day period.

Suicide can be viewed as an act of violence against the self. Society attempts to stop other acts of violence. Help reduce this one.

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