Self-Harm & Suicidal Thoughts
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Many people have had moments when they don’t want to go on or think they just can’t deal with how they’re feeling anymore. Sometimes those thoughts go further, and people start thinking seriously about ending their lives. If you or someone you know has reached that level of hopelessness, speak up or reach out for help now. You aren’t alone in those feelings, and there are ways to feel better.
Most people who are suicidal don’t actually want to die. They just can’t see any other way to end their pain. Almost all people who die by suicide are suffering from a mental health condition like depression, even though they may not know it. Other emotional problems, such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse or eating disorders, can lead to thoughts of suicide. Identifying and treating these conditions can reduce those feelings of hopelessness and loneliness and show us that there are other ways to deal with the pain.
No matter how bad it seems, there is hope. Conditions like depression are treatable, and suicides can be prevented.
The Counseling Center professional staff encourage students to come in as soon as possible to begin getting the support they need. Students who are feeling suicidal during business hours should walk over in person to the Counseling Center at 75 Piedmont Ave., NE, Suite 200 A, and inform the front desk staff member that they’d like to speak with a counselor. Students who believe themselves to be in an immediate, life threatening crisis should alert the front desk staff member when they check in.
Visit the Georgia State University page of ULifeline and use their self-evaluator to get more information about the most common mental health conditions faced by college students. The self-evaluator was developed for ULifeline by Duke University School of Medicine and screens for thirteen of the most common mental health conditions faced by college students. This screening does not provide a diagnosis, but identifies problems that could be impacting thoughts, feelings and behaviors. The screening process also provides information on these conditions and how to reach out for help.