Suicide Prevention

If you are considering suicide, reach out to someone as soon as possible and, if in immediate crisis call the 24-hour Crisis Line at 1.866.4.CRISIS (1.866.427.4747), the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255) or call 911.  Veterans:  1.800.273.8255 and press 1.

Potential warning signs may include (but are not limited to):

  • A worsening in school or work performance or other areas of responsibility
  • Hopelessness and/or feeling trapped
  • Feeling agitated or anxious; sleepless or sleeping too much
  • Significant mood changes such as being emotionally high or angry one day and discouraged, sullen, or silent the next
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and activities once enjoyed
  • Excessive or increased alcohol and drug use
  • Engaging in risky or self-destructive activities
  • Experiencing symptoms of depression (link)
  • Seeking out or obtaining the means to end one’s life
  • Talking, writing or thinking about death, dying or suicide

If you are having persistent thoughts of death, dying or suicide: 

  • Reach out to someone as soon as possible.  Talk to your parents, a relative, a friend, or a counselor on campus.  To make an appointment with the UW Bothell Student Mental Health Counseling Services call 425.352.3183 or stop by UW1-173.  More information can be found on the counseling services website.
  • If you are in immediate crisis, call the 24-hour Crisis Line at 1.866.4.CRISIS (1.866.427.4747), the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (1.800.273.8255) or call 911.  Veterans: 1.800.273.8255 and press 1.

If you suspect that a friend or acquaintance is considering suicide:

  • Talk to them. College students will often share secrets and feelings with their peers that they will not share with older adults.
  • Ask if they are thinking about killing themselves. Talking about suicide or suicidal thoughts will not push someone to attempt suicide and may reduce the risk of acting upon these feelings.  
  • Take any expressed intention of suicide very seriously.
  • Remain calm, firm, supportive and non-judgmental.
  • Do not leave the person alone if you believe the person is at risk for suicide.

Encourage help-seeking behavior and seek help immediately:

Help is available through the 24-hour Crisis Line: 1.866.427.4747, the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.427.4747 or call 911. 

If you are concerned about a student and the situation is not a crisis, a consultation can be obtained within one working day from the UW Bothell CARE Team

For more information on Suicide Prevention:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Suicide Prevention, Awareness, and Support
American Association of Suicidology

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