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Suicide Prevention and AwarenessSuicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

If someone is in physical danger call 911. 

Statistics show that you are more likely to encounter someone (friend, student, coworker or member of the community) in an emotional or mental health crisis than someone having a heart attack. A hint or a direct statement someone makes about the desire to commit suicide is a plea for help and should be taken very seriously. Knowing what resources are available to help someone in crisis is the key to saving a life.

Hotline Numbers

Call one of the numbers below to receive immediate counseling assistance for yourself or someone you know.

  • Richland County Crisis Hotline: 419-522-4357
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: text "4Hope" to 741741

Free Personal Counseling

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The Student Assistance Program (SAP) provides students with an evaluation, brief counseling, and referral services for a variety of problems. There is no cost to students for this service; it is provided to help students stay on track and achieve success. >> more

Local Mental Health Services

These local agencies are available to help students with various mental health issues: stress, depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse and emotional trauma. Some services are free to NC State students.

>> Community Resources

Phone Apps

View of the MY3 app on a phone
With MY3, you define your network and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are having thoughts of suicide.
View of A Friend Asks app on a phone
“A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. 

 

Know the Warning Signs

Some warning signs may help you determine if someone is at risk for suicide, especially if the behavior is new, has increased, or seems related to a painful event, loss, or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated, behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Withdrawing or isolating themselves
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Getting Help On-Campus

Immediate Danger
If you are on-campus and a person says that he or she has a plan in place to take his or her own life or discusses means to kill him or herself, like using firearms or drugs, call 911. You should also follow these steps:

  1. Escort the person to a quiet, private place where you can keep an eye on him or her.
  2. Stay with the person if possible or find someone who can.
  3. Call 911 immediately. Try to remain calm.
  4. Call Campus Security at 419-755-4346 and let them know that you just called 911. Give Campus Security as many details as possible.
  5. Stay with the person until help arrives or find someone who can stay until help arrives.
  6. The police will transport the person to the MedCentral Hospital emergency room where a psychiatric consultation will be conducted.

Possible Danger
If you are on-campus and someone discusses thoughts of suicide, but does not have plans in place to kill himself or herself, follow these steps:

  1. Escort the person to a quiet, private place where you can keep an eye on him or her.
  2. Stay with the person, if possible, or find someone who can, and remain calm.
  3. Call one of the following people for help. Michelle, Doug or Blake will talk to the person and seek help for him or her.
    • Michelle McGregor (OSU) 419-755-4304
    • Doug Heestand (North Central State) 419-755-4727
    • Blake Wagner (New Directions) 419-571-1678
  4. If none of the above individuals can be reached, call the Crisis Help Line at 419-522-HELP(4357).

 

Suicide: Ohio 2017 Facts and Figures
Suicide Death Rates Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-34
30 Years Strong Banner American Foundation for Suicide Prevention afsp.org

 

Policies Related to Suicide Prevention

Dealing with Disturbed or Disruptive Individuals

Emergency Procedures Handbook

15-01 Code of Student Conduct

15-05 Consultation and Assessment Team for Student Issues Policy

15-051 Consultation and Assessment Team for Student Issues Procedures 

15-052 Procedures for Responding to Suicidal OSU-Mansfield or NC State Students

16-22 Alcohol and Drug Policy (Employees, Students & Guests)

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