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Suicide Prevention at Florida State University

Remember: Helping prevent suicide starts with asking how someone is doing, which can open the door to support and resources.

 

Communicate Concern

  • Note the specific concerns you have
  • Listen more than you speak
  • Assure them they're not alone

Refer to Resources

  • Panama City Counseling Center (850) 770-2174
  • Director of Student Affairs (850) 770-2171
  • Associate Dean (850) 770-2100

ASK QUESTIONS

  • Ask open-ended questions "How are things going?"
  • Be specific with your concerns "I've noticed you ..."
  • Ask important questions "Are you thinking of killing yourself?" 

ENCOURAGE HELP-SEEKING

  • Immediate danger to self or others - CALL 911 or FSUPC PD
  • Willing to get help - Refer or walk to services
  • Resists help - Listen to concern, encourage them to try

WHEN TO BE CONCERNED

  • Decrease in class/work attendance and performance
  • Abrupt change in behavior/hygiene/appearance
  • Chronic fatigue and lack of energy
  • Withdrawal from friends and family; not wanting to be a burden
  • Signs of alcohol or drug abuse
  • Mood swings including:  irritability, aggression, abrasive behavior, impulsivity, depression, anxiety
  • Sense of hopelessness
  • Self-injurious (e.g. cutting) and risky behavior

 

Ways to avoid getting in over your head

  • DON'T pressure yourself to know all the answers
  • Do seek help from other campus resources
  • DON'T be the person's only source of support
  • DO ensure they have other people they can talk to
  • DON'T be sworn to secrecy
  • DO refer to confidential resources
  • DON'T try to be their therapist
  • DO listen with an open mind
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