Have you ever felt so frustrated with your life that you wanted to end it? Has death seemed a better option than life’s challenges? Most people think about suicide at some point in their lives, yet very few actually attempt it. Experiencing a suicidal crisis can feel unsettling, painful, and overwhelming. In order to resolve a suicidal crisis, it is important to determine the crisis’ root cause, to understand your feelings, and to cope effectively with suicidal thoughts.
Signs of Suicide Risk
A person might be at risk for suicide if she or he shows any of the following signs:
- Talking about committing suicide
- Trouble eating or sleeping
- Drastic behavioral changes
- Withdrawal from friends and/or social activities
- Loss of interest in hobbies, work, or school
- Preparation for death by making out a will and final arrangements
- Giving away prized possessions
- Previously attempted suicide
- Taking unnecessary risks
- Suffering from a recent severe loss(es)
- Preoccupation with death and dying
- Loss of interest in personal appearance
- Increased use of alcohol or drugs
If you are currently considering suicide or fear that someone you know is, please contact the Counseling Center at 919.515.2423, visit us in person for urgent care services, or contact Campus Police 919.515.3000. If you would prefer to be seen off-campus, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
National Hotline Numbers
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
- National Hopeline Network: 1.800.SUICIDE (784-2433)
- The Crisis Text Line offers support via text. It also provides a short quiz that can tell you if immediate text support is the best course for you as well as providing some relaxation and alternative coping strategies.
Hopeline, Inc also offers local 24-hour resources:
Serving DURHAM, Chapel Hill, & Raleigh
24 hours / 7 days
- For more information and statistics, refer to this page from the National Institute of Mental Health.
- Additional resources include this site from hopeline.com.
- Crisis on Campus: The Untold Story of Student Suicides