Suicide: Know the Behaviors, Help Save a Life
Suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem that unfortunately takes the lives of over 40,000 individuals each year. Knowing the warning signs and how to assist someone in crisis could help save a life.
Know the Signs
- A recent painful event, loss, or change
- Communication suicidal thought/ideations
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
- Unusual behavior changes
- Extreme risk-taking
- Withdrawal and isolation
- Showing rage or seeking revenge
- Extreme mood swings
- Additional warning signs and risk factors
What to Do
If you believe someone may be thinking about suicide:
- Ask them if they are thinking about killing themselves. (This will not put the idea into their head or make it more likely that they will attempt suicide.)
- Listen without judging and show you care.
- Stay with the person (or make sure the person is in a private, secure place with another caring person) until you can get further help.
- Remove any objects that could be used in a suicide attempt.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 from anywhere in the U.S. and follow their guidance.
- If danger or self-harm seems imminent, call 911.
- Contact your local IU Human Resources representative.
Flash Course: Suicide Awareness
This SupportLinc short training module on suicide awareness will teach you about the most common risk factors for suicide, some protective factors, and the warning signs that indicate a person might be contemplating suicide. Most importantly, you’ll learn how to get immediate help when concerns about suicide arise.
SupportLinc Employee Assistance Program
SupportLinc is Indiana University's Employee Assistance Program provider. SupportLinc provides confidential access to licensed counselors who can provide short-term assistance with life issues such as:
- Stress and anxiety
- Work-related pressures
- Substance use
- Family and relationship problems
- Grief and loss
Call 1.888.881.LINC(5462) for unlimited 24/7/365 telephonic access to licensed counselors for in-the-moment support, up to six (6) face-to-face counseling sessions per presenting issue at no cost (in-person or virtual).
Resources for Helping Those Close to You
- How to Help a Co-worker in Distress- Learn four simple steps all employees can take to support a co-worker who may be in distress.
- We Can All Help Prevent Suicide- Five action steps you can use to communicate with a family member, friend, roommate, or co-worker who may be having suicidal thoughts.
- Tips for Managers- To ensure you are able to address some of the most important needs of employees following a major change, loss, or sudden, unexpected, or traumatic workplace event.
- R U OK? - This is a practical guide to help you ask if team members or colleagues you are concerned about, "Are you OK?" and respond appropriately and safely to anyone who says, "No, I'm not OK."
Resources for Student SupportIf you are experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Crisis & Suicide Hotline at 317-251-7575 (IUPUI) or 812-855-5711 (IU Bloomington)
Protect IU Emergency Planning and Procedures provides quick and simple steps to take when addressing a medical or mental health emergency. Additional resources may be found below for the specific campus.
- IU Police Department (IUPD): 812-855-4111
- IU Health Center : 812-855-4011
- Counseling and Physiological Services (CAPS): 812-855-5711 (Student)
- Crisis & Suicide Hotline – 812-855-5711 (Student) (Emergency Help)
- (Behavioral Counsultation Team) Dean of Student’s Office: 812-855-8187
- IU Police Department: 317-274-7911 or, 911 or, 9-911
- BehaviorCorp (24 hours): 317-574-1252 (Emergency Help)
- Counseling and Physiological Services: 317-274-2548 or email@example.com (Students)
- Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT): 317-274-4431 ask for the Chair or Vice-Chair
- Midtown Community Mental Health (24 hours): 317-630-8485 (Emergency Help)
- IU Police Department - call 765-973-8429
- Campus Counseling & Group Support - call 765-973-8646
- For more information regarding the counseling and group support services, click here.
- Campus Police - call 260-481-6827
- Campus Counseling Services/Bowen Center - call 800-342-5663 (24-hour helpline)
- Campus Emergency Procedures
- IU Police Department - call 765-457-1105 or 911 (after hour emergencies)
- Student Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): 765-455-9364
- Howard County Regional Health (24 hrs): 765-455-9363
- Family Service Association of Howard County (24 hrs): 765-868-3154
- IU Police Department - call 812-348-7233
- Campus Counseling Services for non-crisis situations - call 812-375-7525
- Centerstone's 24 Hour Crisis Line at (800) 832-5442
- TEXT: START to 741741
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
- IU Police Department - call 219-980-6501
- IU Northwest Personal Counseling Services: 219-980-6741
- IU Police Department - call 812-941-2400
- Crisis and Suicide Hotline: 812-941-2333
- IU Southeast Personal Counseling Services: 812-941-2333
- IU Police Department - call 574-520-4239
- IU South Bend Health and Wellness Center: 574-520-5557
- IU South Bend Counseling Center: 574-520-4125
- IUSB Elkhart Center
- Call the Security Center at 574-295-4540
Self-Care and Resilience
Resilience is the ability to bounce back in the face of adversity, trauma, stress, and uncertainty. We all have the ability to learn and build resilience through practicing self-care. Below are resources that will help with strengthening and building resilience.
- Supporting Your Mental Well-Being During Times of Transition-Experiencing multi-faceted change can wear on our emotional and mental well-being. Learn ways to improve your resilience and look after your well-being in the face of uncertainty.
- Resiliency Toolkit- The Resiliency Toolkit at SupportLinc provides a variety of resources to help you bounce back from life’s challenges.
- SupportLinc Coaching Services- SupportLinc includes access to personalized coaching that can boost your emotional fitness and wellbeing. With guidance and tools provided by your SupportLinc Coach, you can change habits, establish new routines and build resilience.
- Practicing Self-Compassion- We are all good at attending to the needs of those around us, but we often forget to attend to our own needs. And that is a setup for things like burnout, stress, and resentment. This session will explore what self-compassion means and offer some simple ways to offer it to yourself.