Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. This is an important time to share and promote resources dedicated to suicide prevention. It is important for everyone to learn how to help a friend or family member who may be depressed and at risk of harm.
Suicide remains the second leading cause of death among young people and often results from receiving treatment for a mental illness (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Anyone can experience suicidal thoughts regardless of age, gender, status or background.
Know the Warning Signs
- Threats or comments about killing themselves. These comments can even be passive, such as “I wish I wasn’t here.”
- Increased irritability
- Mood swings
- Increased drug or alcohol use
- Social withdrawal from friends, family and the community
- Talking, writing or thinking about death
- Impulsive or reckless behavior
- Giving away prized possessions
What Can Students Do?
Reach out, listen and offer hope and resources. Students who know someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts can encourage them to seek help immediately and be assessed for risk. Students can call the Counseling and Testing Center at 404-413-1640 to make an appointment to speak with a counselor. The Counseling and Testing Center is available for emergencies at any time.
Monday, Thursday and Friday: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (last appointment at 4 p.m.)
Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (last appointment at 5 p.m.)