Suicide Prevention Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Month. This is an important time to share and promote resources dedicated to suicide prevention. It is also a time to take action to help, promote healing and give hope. It is important for everyone to seek help in times of crisis and to learn how to help a friend or family member who may be depressed and at risk of harm to self.
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. Students can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK(8255).
Know the Warning Signs of Suicide
- Threats or comments about killing themselves. These comments can even be passive, such as I wish I wasn’t here.
- Feeling helpless
- Increased irritability
- Mood swings
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Withdrawing from family, friends, and activities
- Talking, writing, thinking or searching online about death
- Impulsive or reckless behavior
- Giving away prized possessions
What Can I Do to Increase Suicide Prevention?
Reach out, listen and offer hope and resources. Learn about the five action steps for communicating with someone who may be suicidal (#BeThe1To). 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 the access code: BeWell
Should I Come in for Counseling? Additional Resources
- 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 students can feel comfortable searching for the information they need and want regarding mental and emotional health
- Relief Link
A free app developed specifically for suicide prevention and more generally for improving mental health
- Mind-Body Services
Free guided meditation sessions and relaxation techniques available to all students
An easy-to-use and confidential online resource to help reduce depression and anxiety symptoms. Use the access code: BeWell
Students in crisis who need to speak with a counselor can call 404-413-1640
Weekly Walk-in Hours:
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (last appointment at 4 p.m.)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (last appointment at 5 p.m.)