Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-aged students. Whether you or someone you know is having a hard time, it’s important to reach out or ask for help.
BeThe1To... Notice when someone is struggling
Look for signs that it’s time to ask the question or help support a friend. It may be time to reach out and start the conversation if someone:
BeThe1To... Check on a friend.
It can be difficult to bring up suicide in conversation, but it’s important to ask the question: “Have you had thoughts about suicide?” A lot of us are afraid that asking if someone is thinking about suicide can plant the idea or make them think about it more. Research shows that this is not true. Asking the question can start the conversation, so that you can help them get the support they need.
BeThe1To... Connect them with resources.
When someone feels depressed or anxious, it can be easy for them to feel isolated or feel like a burden. If you’re concerned about a friend, here are ways that you can support them and connect them to resources.
BeThe1To... Ask for help.
We all struggle sometimes. If you're feeling anxious, depressed or are considering suicide, it's okay to ask for help. Reach out to family, friends or text HOME to 741741 for support.