Suicide Prevention Resources for College Students

If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, here are some resources you can use for support and guidance.

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Updated August 15, 2022

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Suicide Prevention Resources for College Students
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If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline at 988, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All calls are confidential, and anyone can use this service.

In 2020, suicide was the third-leading cause of death for teenagers and young adults ages 15-24 in the U.S. It was also the second-leading cause of death for people ages 25-34.

While the causes of suicides and suicide attempts in these groups vary, research shows that the stress, confusion, and self-doubt that often accompany adolescence may contribute to the risk of suicide among young people.

For college students in particular, academic pressures, mental health conditions like depression and anxiety, and alcohol and drug misuse can further increase this risk.

Experts recommend raising awareness of the risk of suicide among college students, as well as promoting resources like suicide hotlines and online emergency chat services. College students can and should take advantage of mental health services available on campus, such as those offered through the counseling center and peer-to-peer counseling.

Below is a list of general suicide prevention resources that both students and those supporting students can use.

Emergency Hotlines and Chat Centers

National Mental Health Organizations and Institutes

Support Services for Students With Mental Health Conditions

Volunteer Opportunities and Suicide Prevention Education

  • Befrienders Worldwide

    This organization offers tools and resources to students who have a friend or family member in crisis. You can also volunteer to become a Befriender listener.

  • Speaking of Suicide

    Started by a licensed psychotherapist, this in-depth blog openly talks about suicide and research on suicide. It also provides information for aspiring mental health counselors and educators.

  • Suicide Prevention Resource Center

    This comprehensive resource provides online tips and research that can be used to bolster suicide prevention efforts. It also features information on training events, webinars, and related news.

  • The Jason Foundation

    This group's mission is to cultivate prospective counselors and educators who specialize in youth crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

Resources for Students Who Have Lost Someone to Suicide

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