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: 

  • Expresses they feel like a burden.
  • Has become isolated.
  • Has stopped doing things they love or enjoy.
  • Is no longer taking care of themselves.
  • Starts talking about wanting to die or disappear.

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.

  • Be direct. Talk openly about suicide, and share your concerns.
  • Listen without judgment. Allow them to express their feelings and concerns.
  • Encourage them to seek help. If they are comfortable, ask if you can help them connect with resources. Offer to make the call or walk there with them. 
  • Follow up. Check in with your friend about what they need, where they are and how you can support them. Remember you are not responsible for the outcome. 

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. 

Campus Resources

Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers free counseling and crisis care services for undergrad and graduate students. Call 303-492-2277 to schedule a virtual appointment or get after hours support.

The Office of Victim Assistance (OVA) provides confidential support and referrals for students, staff and faculty who have experienced a traumatic, disturbing or disruptive life event. Call 303-492-8855 to connect with a counselor or connect with after hours support. 

The Faculty & Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) has trained counselors who are equipped to deal with a wide range of personal and work related issues for CU Boulder faculty, staff and TAs.

Red Folder is a campus-wide resource for recognizing and responding to students in distress.

Don't Ignore It provides options for seeking confidential support on- and off-campus, learning skills for helping others, and reporting concerns related to discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct. 

National Resources

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline offers free and confidential support, prevention and crisis resources and can be reached 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

The Veterans Crisis Line offers a free hotline, online chat and texting support for veterans in crisis and their family and friends. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 for 24/7 confidential support.

The Crisis Text Line offers free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text HOME to 741741 to text with a trained Crisis Counselor.

Learn more about the National #BeThe1To Campaign