Suicide concerns

If you are thinking about suicide; are worried about a friend, student or colleague; or need emotional support, we’re here for you. Know that you are not alone.

We can all play a role in noticing potential warning signs and connecting suicidal individuals to appropriate supports. Thank you for your care toward your friends, colleagues or students when these situations arise.

Suicide affects people of all races, genders, sexual orientations, social classes, ages and abilities.

Know the signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or feelings of hopelessness
  • Talking about feeling trapped or wanting to escape
  • Becoming isolated or withdrawn
  • Feeling of being a burden to others
  • Increasing use of alcohol or drugs
  • Extreme mood swings

Know the risk factors

  • Access to lethal means
  • Experiencing a profound loss — death of a friend or family member, end of a relationship, job loss, denied acceptance to an academic major or graduate school
  • Mental illness — depression or anxiety
  • Lack of social support
  • History of trauma or abuse

Checking in with someone who may be suicidal

If you think a student or colleague is considering suicide, stay calm, but take your concerns seriously. It’s important to consult with others before and after talking to someone about suicide. Call SafeCampus to consider your next steps and get coaching on how to ask about suicide. Checking in with someone will not increase the chances of suicide.

Take the following five steps if you are concerned for someone:

  • Ask: “Are you thinking about suicide?” “How can I help?”
  • Keep them safe: Ask: “Do you have a specific plan?” “Do you have access to your planned method?”
  • Be there: When concerned, stay physically present with someone or continue talking or texting with them.
  • Help them connect:
    • If you think someone is in immediate risk, call 911.
    • If you are not sure what to do, call SafeCampus at 206-685-7233.
    • Let them know there are UW resources available to them.
  • Follow-up: Follow up to see how they’re doing. Leave a message, send a text or ask to meet in person to check in.


On-campus drop-in counseling support for students

If you feel that you or someone else need immediate counseling support, the UW campus-based counseling centers offer drop-in support for students during their business hours.

Call SafeCampus or your local campus counseling center to determine their crisis drop-in availability during business hours, Monday–Friday.

Counseling center: 206-543-1240
Hall Health Mental Health: 206-543-5030

Tacoma Student Counseling Center: 1-253-692-4522

Bothell Counseling Center: 425-352-3183