Prevention Information

Know the Facts

  • Every 14 minutes an individual in the US dies by suicide. Every 43 seconds there is a suicide attempt in the US.
  • Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in Florida and 10th in the US
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students
  • The suicide rate for African American college males has more than doubled in recent years
  • 44% of college students report having felt so depressed in the past year that it was difficult to function

Facts for FMU

Student Students Experience the following feelings sometimes to all the time:

  • 71 % feel exhausted
  • 61% feel sad
  • 71% feel overwhelmed
  • 42% feel depressed
  • 38% feel hopeless

Know the Risk Factors

Suicide risk increases when students experience:

  • Isolation from family, friends or community
  • Alcohol or drug use and abuse
  • Untreated mental illness such as depression and anxiety
  • Feelings of hopelessness or despair
  • Access to firearms or other lethal means
  • History of family depression or suicide
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Identity conflicts e.g., gender, race or sexual orientation

 Recognize Common Signs

Suicide can be prevented. The best way to prevent suicide is to be aware of some of the common warning signs.

  • Expresses depression, anxiety, stress, and feelings of hopelessness.
  • Talks or writes about death and dying.
  • Starts giving away possessions.
  • Withdraws from family, friends, and activities once enjoyed.
  • Increases use of alcohol and/or drugs or engages in reckless behaviors.
  • Gains access to guns, pills, knives, etc.
  • Has increased conflicts with friends, roommates, peers, faculty
  • Starts giving away possessions
  • Says things like “I wish I were dead,” “I am going to kill myself,” or “I want to die.”

What to Do

Listen and show that you care
Inspire others to feel hope and self worth
Vocalize and ask the Question “Are you thinking about suicide”
Empower others to get intervene and get help when in distress

Take Suicide Seriously and Convey Hope

  • Stay calm, listen and accept their feelings
  • Try not to judge or argue
  • Show you care

Reach Out and Ask Them if They are Thinking About Suicide

  • Ask the question: “Are you thinking about hurting or ending your own life?”
  • If you can’t ask get someone who will ask
  • Experts agree that talking about suicide does not put the idea in their heads. Speaking freely opens up communication lines can result in a life being saved

Persuade Them to get Help

  • Get help together; don’t leave them alone
  • Know the resources at FMU and in your community
  • Offer to go with the person

Resources for Getting Help

  • Help them call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • Switchboard of Miami:  (305) 358-4357
  • Veterans Crisis Line:  (800) 273-8255 Press 1
  • LGBTQ HELP Line:  (305) 646-3600
  • Emergency:  911

Florida Memorial University’s Student Development Center

  • Office:  305-626-3138
  • After Hours:  786-210-4962
  • Campus Safety:  305-626-3772
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