Suicide Warning Signs

  • Making suicide threats
  • Substance Abuse
  • Giving away possessions
  • Engaging in risk-taking behaviors
  • Self-harm (cutting, burning, etc.)
  • Frequently talking about death
  • Drastic changes in mood and behavior
  • Feeling like a burden to others
  • Acquiring the means for suicide (guns, drugs, rope, etc.)
  • Talking about a specific plan regarding how they might harm themselves
  • Aggressiveness and Irritability
  • Isolating self, social withdrawal
  • Persistent feelings of hopelessness, no hope for the future
  • Persistent depression, sadness, lack of energy
  • Major changes in sleeping or eating habits
  • Making final arrangements (writing a will, etc.)

If you are concerned that you or a friend are at risk for suicide, please use the contacts listed on the Counseling Services home page.

Protective Factors

  • Stay connected with others
  • Learn new coping skills for stress, depression, or anxiety
  • Make sure to get enough sleep, 7+ hours each night
  • Proper nutrition and exercise boost the body’s natural stress relief system
  • Make sure to take care of any health needs you may have
  • Get outside! Research shows that exposure to natural vitamin D (sunshine) boosts our mood
  • Be kind to yourself, everybody makes mistakes and has bad days
  • Reach out if you are struggling – free and confidential services are available for Owens students