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Suicide Resources

If it is an emergency, and you or a friend needs help right now – Call: 713-313-7000 – If you are on campus 911– If you are off campus

If it is not an emergency and is after hours, you can call 713-313-7863.

Suicide is the act of deliberately taking one’s own life. It is the second leading cause of death among college students today. Most people who show suicidal behaviors don’t actually want to die. They just can’t see any other relief from painful thoughts or feelings. Almost all people who die by suicide are suffering from an emotional disorder, most commonly depression. Other emotional problems — such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, psychotic disorders or eating disorders — can increase the risk for suicide, too. Identifying and treating these mental health conditions is especially important because sufferers may be more likely to attempt suicide in the wake of a stressful event such as a death, relationship difficulties, or a failed exam.

Many students who die by suicide have given warnings of their intentions to family and friends. Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying. Part of them wants to live. Another part feels trapped or hopeless. They sometimes gamble with death — talking about or attempting suicide in a way that leaves room for other people to save them. Some call this the “cry for help.” That’s why understanding the warning signs, and acting quickly to get help, is so crucial in suicide prevention. There is hope. People who are suicidal can be helped with the proper treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

More often that not, individuals who are contemplating suicide will give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. All suicide threats, gestures, and attempts must be taken seriously. Here are some warning signs that a person may be at risk for suicide:

  • Hopelessness
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, or seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking.
  • Feeling trapped or like there’s no way out
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life
  • Prior suicide attempts

Getting Help

713-313-7000 – If you are on campus

911– If you are off campus

If it is not an emergency and is after hours, you can call 713-313-7863.

The UCC can assist students by helping the identify and addressing the underlying causes that may have brought on the suicidal thoughts. Please know that you are not alone. The UCC is here to help.

*Adapted from http://www.ulifeline.org/tsu/topics/130-suicidal-behavior