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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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

  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: Call 988

    Formerly known as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, this group offers immediate online resources for students and others in crisis, including a free 24/7 phone line, live chat, and an in-person crisis center locator.

  • IMAlive Chat

    This program is the first online crisis center completely managed by volunteers who are trained and certified in crisis intervention.

  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741

    Students in the U.S. and Canada can text this number for free to get guidance with any mental health crisis, including thoughts of suicide.

  • TrevorLifeline: Call 1-866-488-7386

    Created by The Trevor Project, this free 24/7 hotline aims to give support specifically to LGBTQ+ youth who may be experiencing mental health challenges. You can also get intervention over text or instant chat.

  • Suicide.org

    Visit this site for a full list of suicide hotlines by state.

National Mental Health Organizations and Institutes

Support Services for Students With Mental Health Conditions

  • Active Minds

    Seeking to erase the stigma around mental health-related topics — especially among young people — Active Minds supports students with mental health conditions and can be found on over 800 college campuses.

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance

    Those living with depression and/or bipolar disorder can use DBSA's support group locator tool to find a virtual support group.

  • Mental Health America's Center for Peer Support

    MHA's peer support center provides information and resources for those seeking support groups and for those interested in becoming peer support specialists.

  • NAMI Connection

    If you have a mental health condition or symptoms of a mental health condition, you can use this tool to search for free peer-run support groups in your area.

  • Students Against Depression

    Created by students and for students, this organization aims to raise awareness of the warning signs of suicide and provide peer-to-peer support.

  • ULifeline

    This online component of JED Campus — a suicide prevention program for universities — offers confidential virtual support for students with mental health challenges.

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

  • AAS Suicide Loss Survivors

    This extensive resource for suicide survivors includes tips, tools, training opportunities, and book recommendations.

  • Alliance of Hope

    This group provides multiple forms of support for suicide survivors, including an online community forum, a memorial message board, and real stories from survivors.

  • I've Lost Someone

    AFSP's suicide survivor network maintains a variety of resources, such as a support group finder and book recommendations, for both immediate grief support and long-term self-care.

  • Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

    SAVE maintains a consistently updated list of suicide survivor support groups and offers tools for healing, such as annual events and its Named Memorial Program.


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