When to Act
Many people are uncomfortable or unsure of what to do when a student is going through a challenging time. Suicide can be hard to talk about for many reasons; you may have been personally affected by suicide, be uncomfortable with death, or be worried that you might say or do the wrong thing. But, by seeking more information, you are taking a productive first step towards increasing your comfort level and learning how to interact in a safe way with someone who may be considering suicide.
Remember, there are many people who go through stressful life situations and do not consider suicide. It is important to know the risk factors and warning signs so you are able to ask the right questions and find out if a student in need might be at increased risk for suicide. Sometimes, the student may just need to talk. It is also important to realize that each situation is not the same. Some people considering suicide might not show all of the indicators that let those around them know they are at risk for suicide. Generally, a suicidal person who gives warning signs will present more than one clue. When signs are visible then we have a chance to intervene and make a difference!
If the student has any of the following warning signs, you need to take action immediately: