You’re Not Alone

Posted On October 21, 2016
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This is an important time to share and promote resources dedicated to suicide prevention. It is important for everyone to seek help in times of crisis or learn how to help a friend or family member who may be depressed and at risk of harm.

Suicide remains the second leading cause of death among young people and often results from not receiving treatment for a mental illness (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts regardless of age, gender, status or background.

Students who know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts should encourage them to seek help immediately and be assessed for risk. Students in crisis can call the Counseling and Testing Center at 404-413-1640 to speak with a counselor. The after-hours crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies at 404-413-1640.

  • Threats or comments about killing themselves. These comments can even be passive, such as “I wish I wasn’t here.”
  • Increased irritability
  • Mood swings
  • Increased drug or alcohol use
  • Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community
  • Talking, writing or thinking about death
  • Impulsive or reckless behavior
  • Giving away prized possessions

Reach out, listen and offer hope and resources. Students who know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts can encourage them to seek help immediately and be assessed for risk. Students in crisis can call the Counseling and Testing Center at 404-413-1640 to speak with a counselor. The after-hours crisis line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for emergencies at 404-413-1640. The Counseling and Testing Center also offers WellTrack, an easy-to-use online resource to help reduce depression and anxiety symptoms. To get started today, visit WellTrack and use access code: BeWell
Following a trauma, people may have a range of responses that can be physical or emotional. There may be experiences by those who directly experienced trauma, witnessed trauma, heard about the trauma or know those immediately affected by the trauma.

Physical Reactions

  • Aches and pains like headaches, backaches or stomach aches
  • Sudden sweating and/or heart palpitations (fluttering)
  • Changes in sleep patterns or appetite
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Easily startled by noises or unexpected touch
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs

Emotional Reactions

  • Shock and disbelief
  • Fear or anxiety
  • Grief or denial
  • Emotional swings - like crying and then laughing
  • Nightmares
  • Flashbacks - feeling like the trauma is happening now
  • Tendency to isolate oneself
  • Feelings of detachment
  • Feelings of self-blame and/or survivor guilt
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Loss of beliefs

It's normal to be affected by traumatic events, but some people can feel the impact more than others. Here are some signs that you may need to speak with a counselor regarding your feelings.

  • Having trouble eating, sleeping or getting your mind off of the traumatic event
  • Isolating yourself from your friends or family
  • Picturing yourself as the victim
  • Increased alcohol or drug usage
  • Feeling overwhelmed by the situation; feelings of hopelessness
  • Symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks, anger or depression

  • Half of Us: Find Help Now - Find ways to help yourself or a friend who is struggling with depression, addiction or thoughts of suicide
  • U-Lifeline Self-Evaluator - A comprehensive, confidential, online resource center where you can feel comfortable searching for the information you need and want regarding mental and emotional health
  • Relief Link - A free app developed specifically for suicide prevention and more generally for improving your mental health that brings confidential and supportive help right to the palm of your hand
  • Mind-Body Services - Free guided meditation sessions and relaxation techniques available to all students
  • WellTrack - An easy-to-use and confidential online resource to help reduce depression and anxiety symptoms. Use the access code: BeWell

Students who need to speak with a counselor should call 404-413-1640.

Weekly Walk-in Hours:
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last appointment at 4 p.m.)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last appointment at 5 p.m.)