People who are considering ending their life often show some signs that they may be thinking about suicide.
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These warning signs provide a good opportunity to start a conversation, even if it is difficult. You may be unsure of how you can help, or uncertain of whether the person is actually in serious trouble, but asking about their feelings or intentions is an important first step.
If you think a friend or family member is struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts or another mental disorder, speak up.
Experiencing these problems and symptoms can be difficult, painful, frightening and isolating.
Let them know their situation is not unusual–close to 1 in 5 USD students report having been diagnosed and/or treated for a mental health disorder in the past 12 months. Remind them that help is available!
By reaching out, speaking up and starting a conversation, you can make a difference in improving the well being of someone you care about. Take the time to learn what to do so that you feel ready to help a friend or a loved one when they may need you the most.
Don’t wait. Learn the warning signs. Get trained.
Your support, understanding, and respect is vital! Become familiar with USD’s resources and help your friend access help.
Take some time to explore the Know the Signs site developed by the County of San Diego and become aware of the resources available, such as conversation starters and tips to help a friend developed by the County of San Diego.
If you have concerns about yourself or a friend, contact Student Wellness at (619) 260-4655 for a confidential screening or consultation right away. You can also use our anonymous self-assessment to learn if a treatable mental health concern could be affecting you or a friend.