Suicide Prevention Month

September is Suicide Prevention Month

Information
What Can I Do?
Take Action
Get Support

Suicide is a leading cause of death in the U.S. In 2018, the National Institute of Mental Health reported that 48,344 Americans died by suicide. The Counseling Center is invested in taking all measures necessary to decrease the rates of suicide by offering education, training, and treatment.

Interested in being a part of suicide prevention? Read on to learn how you can contribute to saving lives! Please know that some of the information might be distressing so some individuals. Please text HELLO to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you need support.


Information

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), approximately 9.8 million adults had serious thoughts of committing suicide in 2017. Of those adults, 2.8 million adults made a plan for suicide and 1.3 million adults attempted suicide.

Suicide Attempt Infographic

There are numerous warning signs for suicide including individuals talking about wanting to die, talking about being a burden, withdrawing from friends, giving away important items, and displaying extreme mood swings. Some individuals might feel empty and hopeless while others might have changes in sleeping or eating habits. View this infographic from the National Institute of Mental Health for more information:

Warning Signs of Suicide

What Can I Do?

  1. Educate yourself! The Counseling Center has informative events happening for Suicide Prevention Week (September 7th through September 13th) and throughout the entire month of September.
  2. Attend a QPR Training! This suicide prevention training teaches three steps that anyone can learn to help prevent suicide. It is completely free and offered over Zoom!
  3. Attend “It’s Real: College Students and Mental Health” video discussion on 9/14/2020 at 11:00 AM
  4. Join Georgia Southern professionals for an informative “Ask Me Anything” panel on 9/29/2020 at 6:00 PM EST. We will address the stigma around health, wellness, and seeking help for suicide prevention.
  5. Refer a friend to a QPR Training! Or better yet, get them to sign up with you to attend! Did we mention that it is free?!?
  6. Read the Georgia Southern Suicide Prevention Toolkit
  7. Attend the live “Preventing Suicide in BIPOC Communities” town hall series hosted by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. You can visit their website here or find out more on Facebook here. The town hall will be on September 17th from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST. Guest panelists include Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman.
  8. Know your resources! If you know someone in distress, what resources would you share with them? Keep these resources in your pocket or on your phone:
    National Suicide Prevention Lifelife: 1-800-273-8255
    Georgia Crisis and Access Line: 1-800-715-4225
  9. Read more on the topic! Here’s a link to a free PDF copy of The Forever Decision by Dr. Paul Quinnett.
  10. Attend the University Counseling Suicide Prevention Panel: Ask Me Anything on September 29th from 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Zoom

Take Action

Take the pledge! Sign the STOP Suicide Pledge to demonstrate your commitment to talk more openly about suicide and help those in distress. Visit the STOP Suicide Pledge website to sign today!

More people in the world die from suicide than by war and murder combined. By taking five minutes to get involved and become informed, you will be part of a worldwide movement to save lives. Visit the Take 5 to Save Lives website to help spread information about suicide prevention.

Sign up your club, organization, or friend group for QPR Training! Spread the news that we can all learn steps to help prevent suicide.


Get Support

If you are considering suicide yourself, please talk with someone about it and get help. Please contact the Georgia Southern University Counseling Center 918-478-5541 (Statesboro) or 912-344-2529 (Armstrong) to speak with someone who can help you.

Last updated: 9/24/2020