It is not possible to list all of the potential warning signs that may suggest that a person may be thinking about harming themselves. The following list identifies some behaviors/symptoms to look for.
If you have immediate concern about the mental health of another student, offer to walk them over to Counseling and Wellness Services, Building 960, and inform our staff that you consider it an emergency situation. The student will then be seen as soon as possible. You can also call to consult with Counseling and Wellness Services or with other mental health agencies listed on this web site in order to determine what action to take.
If the person is not willing to go to Counseling and Wellness Services, you can contact the UWF Campus Police at 474-2415 to do a welfare check on the student. If they live off-campus then the nearest local law enforcement office can be contacted to do a welfare check. Your nearest emergency room can also provide a mental health evaluation for anyone who is considered at immediate risk of harming themselves.
If you have the concern that a person may be thinking about killing themselves, but are not sure, consider doing the following:
If a person gets mad at you for telling someone about their suicidal ideation, it is still possible to work on repairing that relationship later. If their life is lost, that is something permanent. When you think about it from that perspective, it becomes clearer that it is more important to get that person help than to hold their secret. It may help to let the person know that you would rather have them angry at you than to have them think that you are not taking their concerns and their life seriously.
After you get help for a person who is suicidal, check in with them to see how they are doing. It may feel uncomfortable for them the first time they see you after they have made their disclosure to you about suicidal thoughts. Reaching out to them can help them to resume feeling comfortable around you.
Also, this can be a very stressful time for you. Make sure you get the support you need from trusted others in your life or a professional.
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