Suicide: Know the Behaviors, Help Save a Life

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call
 The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 from anywhere in the U.S. or call 911 immediately.

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.

Additional Resources

  • 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:

    • Depression
    • 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).

    Mobile App: eConnect® mobile app 

  • Resources for Helping Those Close to You

    • 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 Support

    If 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 - 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 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.