We asked our student ambassadors to share about the warning signs of suicide and how we can help someone in crisis.
Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, Epidemiology student
With September being Suicide Prevention Month, we at FSPH find that it is necessary to provide resources not just for students, but for everyone.
Here are some resources that you, and many others can turn to if you’re ever in need of them.
- CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services)
- IASP (International Association for Suicide Prevention)
- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
And if you are feeling like your mental health is on the low, reach out to your loved ones/friends/those you trust. Let them know how you’re doing and open up to them. It can be difficult to do so, especially with the stigma surrounding mental health in today’s world, but there are people out there that are there for you.
Opening up is always the hardest part, but being real about your mental health is crucial to making sure you’re a 10/10 every day.
Gabby Fleming, Epidemiology student
Included below is a list of warning signs and crisis lines provided by the National Institute of Mental Health. If you notice you or a loved one are presenting signs, intervene immediately with tips included below:
- Let them know that you care about them and that they aren’t alone
- Empathize with them. Be aware you don’t know exactly how they feel. You could say something like, “I can’t imagine how painful this is for you, but I would like to try to understand.”
- Be non-judgmental by trying not to criticize or blame them
- Reassure them that they won’t feel this way forever, and that intensity of feelings can reduce in time
- Encourage them to seek professional help
For more information, visit Rethink Mental Illness and go to the page titled Suicidal thoughts – How to support someone.
Lucy Khatib, Epidemiology student
Suicide is a public health issue that is sadly increasing in numbers.
It is important to identify the factors that play into this increase and reach out to those that are going through hard times. As a student, mental health can sometimes be put on the back burner. As an IUPUI student you can access free 24/7 emergency counseling through TimelyCare.
Scheduled counseling is also a great free resource that is available. Please use these resources and share them to those who may need it! To end this public health emergency all hands need to be on deck.
Shania Miller, Health Services Management student
September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and mental health awareness is vital to public health.
Some warning signs of suicide in individuals are social withdraw, increased use in drugs or alcohol, and saying goodbye as if they’re leaving for good. Also, noticeable mood swings, giving away personal items, along with talking about suicide.
You can help someone displaying signs of suicide by listening to them and taking their word seriously, encourage open conversations about mental health, and properly asking them directly.