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Reducing the Risk of Suicide at JMU

Throughout your work on campus, you may become aware of someone struggling with thoughts of suicide. In order to effectively respond, it is helpful to be aware of warning signs, possible interventions, as well as important resources that can provide additional support. Counseling Center clinicians are available for consultation.

If you are concerned about an immediate threat to someone's life, please access Emergency Assistance.

Warning Signs of Suicide

Individuals who are considering suicide often display warning signs. There are twelve common warning signs that may suggest an individual is considering ending their life. The presence of one or more of these warning signs does not mean someone is definitely contemplating suicide. However, it means that we need to talk with them and show that we care.

Myths about Suicide

There are many myths about suicide. "If I bring it up, will it put the idea into their head?" "People who complete suicide are noticeably depressed." To learn more about this topic, check out our Myths and Facts page.

Helping Someone Who is Suicidal

Remember the acronym C.A.R.E. Show that you Care. Ask calmly and directly about suicide. Refer to counseling or emergency services. Encourage hope for the future. For specific interventions and suggestions, go to our C.A.R.E. page.

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