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Suicide Prevention

Know the signs

"There are far, far better things ahead than anything we leave behind." - C. S. Lewis

Campus Connect Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers

Counseling Services offers Camus Connect suicide prevention training to UWEC faculty and staff. This 2-hour, interactive training provides foundational knowledge and skills for any person to be able to respond and help someone who is in a crisis, including those who may be thinking about suicide. Using discussion, activities, and group interaction participants will learn about key warning signs for suicide, how to respond to someone who is in crisis, ask about suicidal thinking, encourage help-seeking, and connect people to supportive resources for the help they need. This training is designed for anyone who wants to build their confidence in being able to respond to a person in distress who may (or may not) be thinking about suicide. Please contact Ashley Walton-Beal for information on upcoming trainings.

SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS

  1. Threatening to or talking about wanting to die
  2. Increased apathy, hopelessness
  3. Poor eating and sleeping habits
  4. Acquiring a gun
  5. Stockpiling pills/substance abuse
  6. Putting personal affairs in order
  7. Withdrawal from friends, family, and activities usually enjoyed

WHAT YOU CAN DO IF SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS SUICIDAL

  1. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) (National Suicide Prevention Hotline)
  2. See a doctor or therapist
  3. Contact the local crisis facility
  4. In case of emergency call 911
  5. Visit Preventsuicidewi.org to learn more about the warning signs and what more you can do to help
  6. Text Hello to 741741 (Crisis Text Line)
  7. Call 1-888-552-6642 (Northwest Connections Mental Health Crisis Line)

WHAT ELSE CAN YOU DO?

  • learn more about suicide and mental illness
  • join your local coalition
  • encourage employers, schools, social groups to provide suicide prevention education
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