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Suicide Prevention and Facts About Suicide




Friends can help prevent suicide by speaking to those who they feel are depressed or considering suicide:

 It is important to ACT now: Acknowledge, Care, and help the person get to Treatment.

Ask & Listen: ASK if he/she is considering suicide, & if he/she has a plan or method in mind.

· Ask if he/she has a therapist & if so encourage him/her to call

Do not attempt to argue someone out of suicide. Rather, let the person know you care, that he/she is not alone, that such feelings are temporary and that they can be treated.


Help Seek Professional Help:

· Actively encourage the person to see a physician or mental health professional immediately

· Help the person find a mental health professional or treatment facility, and take them to the treatment if necessary

· Call Counseling (410) 455-2472 or Univ. Police (410) 455-2472 for direction







Recognize the Imminent Dangers

The signs that most directly warn of suicide include:

Threatening to hurt or kill oneself

Looking for ways to kill oneself (weapons, pills, others)

Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide

Has made plans or preparations for a potentially serious attempt

Other warning signs include expressions or other indications of certain intense feelings in addition to depression, in particular:


Intense anxiety, usually emotional pain or internal tension, as well as panic attacks

Feeling desperate or trapped -- no way out

Feeling hopeless

Feeling there's no purpose or reason to live

Rage or anger


You can get help for yourself or a friend through: Your Community Director, University Counseling Services (410) 455-2472, or University Police (410) 555-5555