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Suicide is a preventable cause of death that is devastating to loved ones and communities.  Suicidal thoughts are common and can arise when a person feels hopeless and alone.  Emotional crises that trigger suicidal thoughts can feel overwhelming and as though they will never end.

Warning Signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or not having a reason to live
  • Talking about feeling hopeless, trapped, or like a burden to others
  • Social isolation or withdrawal from friends and family
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • Previous suicide attempt
  • Recent discharge from a psychiatric hospital
  • Suffering from a recent loss
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Preparing final arrangements, such as making a will
  • Engaging in reckless or risk-taking behavior
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Loss of interest in school, work, or hobbies

Treatment for suicidal thoughts involves examining the causes of the emotional crisis and developing skills for solving or coping with the problem.  Social isolation or feeling disconnected from those around you are common problems that contribute to suicidal thoughts.  In addition to urgent care services, the Counseling Center offers resources for improving interpersonal skills, drop-in spaces for finding connection and support, and links to on-campus resources.

If you are considering suicide or are concerned that a loved one may be, please contact the Counseling Center at 919.515.2423, come in person for urgent care services, or contact Campus Police at 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

Crisis Line (24 hours/7 days)

  • 919.231.4525
  • 1.800.844.7410

Teen Talkline

  • 919.231.3626

Suicide Prevention Resources