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September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

Update | Monday, September 28, 2020

Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. More alarming, it is the second leading cause of death among college students. If someone you know is at risk for suicide, having an honest conversation can open the door to seeking help. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention provides information and tips at this link

If someone you know is at risk of suicide:

  • Find a place where you can talk privately.
  • Listen intently to their story.
  • Avoid debating the value of life or minimizing their problems or feelings or giving advice; let them talk and resist the urge to give advice.
  • Tell them you care about them.
  • Ask directly if they are thinking about suicide. If they are, see the steps below.
  • Encourage them to seek treatment or contact their doctor or therapist.     

If a person says they are considering suicide:

  • Take the person seriously.
  • Stay with them.
  • Help them remove lethal means.
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255.
  • Text TALK to 741741 to text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis TextLine for free, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Take them to an emergency room or contact other emergency mental health services such as Netcare at 614-276-2273.

It’s Healthy to Ask For Help!
Additional suicide awareness and prevention tips can be found on the Columbus State Hope and Help app, which can be downloaded for free on Apple or Android devices.

Counseling services are available for students free of charge through Columbus State Counseling Services at or 614-287-2818.

Link to information about the Hope & Help suicide prevention app.


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