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Prevention Strategies

Know the Signs

Most suicidal people show signs that they are thinking about suicide. They show these signs in their behaviors, verbal cues, and situations. Learning the signs now can make all the difference later.


  • Sudden interest in death or dying
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Eating too much or too little
  • Isolating oneself

Verbal Cues

  • "I'm going to kill myself."
  • "You would be better off without me."
  • "Pretty soon you won't have to worry about me."
  • "I just want out."

Situations or Risk Factors

  • Loss of a major relationship
  • Death of a loved one, especially by suicide
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Depression or other mental disorder(s)

Help for Self:

No matter what problems you are struggling with, hurting yourself isn't the answer. If you feel like you are in crisis, no matter how big or small, we want you to reach out.

  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1.800.273.TALK (8255)
  • Make an appointment our psychologist by calling 707-654-1170 or visit during business hours:
    • Monday–Friday: 8:30am-1pm & 2-5pm

Most importantly, remember… You are NOT alone!

Help for Someone Else


A suicidal person may not ask for help, but that doesn't mean that help isn't wanted. If you think someone is thinking about suicide, here are some tips on how you can help.

LOOK for areas of concern. A person who is thinking about suicide shows warning signs in their behaviors and their verbal cues.

INQUIRE. Ask the question. Ask if they are thinking about suicide. It shows you care and opens the door for communication.

NOTE the level of risk. If someone tells you they are thinking about suicide, find out if they have: a plan, the means to do it, and/or a timeline for doing it.

KNOW your resources. Connect your loved one to help. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255), Community Referral List coming soon.

Faculty and Staff Support

As staff and faculty you will often be the first to observe changes in a student's behavior. In some cases, these changes are the first indication that a student is in distress and may be thinking about suicide.

Take time to familiarize yourself with warning signs, risk factors, and resources for students in distress by reviewing our reference guide for Recognizing & Responding to Students in Distress.

Consider bringing our Question, Persuade & Refer (QPR) Training to your classroom or workplace. For more information or to schedule a presentation, contact Dr. Ian Wallace at iwallace@csum.edu or 707-654-1174.