Tips for Beginning a Conversation if You See the Warning Signs for Suicide

  • Take it seriously
  • Do not leave them alone
  • Listen to the problem and give them your full attention
  • Avoid rushing to judgment or using a confrontational tone
  • Let the person know you are concerned and you care
  • Don’t be afraid to ask whether they are considering suicide or have a plan in mind
  • If the person is reluctant, it is okay to be persistent (remember, they may be used to keeping these thoughts and feelings a secret!)
  • Acknowledge their current pain is legitimate
  • Try to avoid minimizing the problem (e.g. convincing them things aren’t that bad)
  • Avoid problem-solving and advice giving: it can leave them feeling misunderstood and more hopeless
  • Help them remove lethal means like firearms and drugs
  • Offer hope in any form: reassure them help is available and suicidal feelings are temporary
  • Offer to escort them to an emergency room, counseling center, or psychiatrist
  • Never keep a plan for suicide a secret
  • Get others involved. Ask the individual who else might help.
  • Have your resources handy
  • Follow-up with the person
  • Take care of yourself!

Seek Help

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are concerned about someone who may be having thoughts, please use the following options to seek help:

Center for Mental Health Care and Resources Crisis Counselors

  • M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (404) 894-3498; (404) 894-2575
  • Nights, weekends, holidays call the above numbers and hit "1" to access the after hours counselor

The Georgia Tech Police Department: (404) 894-2500

Voice Advocate: 24/7 support by calling (404) 894-9000

Dean of Students Office: Submit a referral so that support and follow-up can be made with a student who is struggling.