Helping A Suicidal Friend

Know the Signs of Suicide (S.O.S):

  • Previous suicide attempts, especially ones that lead to a hospital visit
  • Currently talking or thinking about suicide
  • Feeling hopeless or seeing no other options
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Experiencing recent losses or relationship problems
  • Feeling trapped by one’s circumstances

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. These are only a few of the possible warning signs. If you have questions regarding other possible signs of suicide, please call the Counseling Center for assistance.

If you know someone who needs help, ACT!

  • ACKNOWLEDGE the signs of suicide in a friend.
  • Let the friend know that you CARE.
  • TELL someone who can help.

Help is Available: Call UAPD at 205-348-5454 anytime or the Counseling Center at 205-348-3863 during operating hours. You may also text BAMA to 741-741 to communicate with a trained volunteer at CrisisTextLine at any time.

Other Resources:

Promoting the wellness of our students, friends, families, co-workers, and fellow citizens and helping prevent suicide is every person’s responsibility. To learn more about suicide prevention, take a FREE 30-minute online training course for the UA community called Ask, Listen, Refer.

Another longer and in-person program offering is Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). To sign up for FREE QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention for your department, team, or group please contact the Counseling Center at 348-3863. You can also request this training our online program request form.

The Counseling Center is also host and sponsor of an annual Suicide Awareness Week which includes an Out of the Darkness Walk on campus, usually on the second Sunday in October.