Suicide is a needless & permanent solution to short-term problems.
These are some of the reasons why people consider suicide:
- You may want relief from painful circumstances, or external pressure.
- You may feel you have to do something huge in order to be taken seriously.
- You may want to communicate to others just how bad things feel.
- You may want desperately to control the loss of a relationship.
- You may not recognize any options or that this crisis will end in time.
Your situation may be that you have:
- Lost or fear that you will lose a relationship.
- Been rejected by someone you really want to be in your life.
- Had a real blow to your self esteem.
- Been telling yourself that you're bad and want to punish yourself.
- Strong reactions to change in your family, in where you live, in status.
- Lost a friend or family member through illness, accident, or suicide.
- Feelings of worthlessness, alienation, loneliness, homesickness, anger.
- Confusing thoughts which interfere with life, with sleep, with school.
Suicidal thoughts are not uncommon among college students. You may be:
- Tall or short, attractive or plain, an easy-study student or a study slave,
a leader or a loner, a male or a female, loud or quiet, aggressive or compliant,
popular or unpopular.
- Lost inside yourself right now; uninvolved with others.
- Moody, grouchy, like you're on an emotional roller coaster.
Twelve things that YOU can remember and do that will help:
- Suicidal thoughts can be useful signals that you want your life to be different---not
that you don't want to live.
- Contact one of the crisis resource numbers listed at the end of this page.
- Be with other people whom you enjoy; avoid "downer" people.
- Reach out to the safest person you can find---an RD, RA, instructor, brother,
sister, mother, father, minister, old friend. Let the person know how you're
feeling and that you need to talk.
- Be sure you get plenty of rest; if you're having trouble sleeping, cut out
coffee, soft drinks with caffeine, tea. Take a warm shower/bath before going
to bed. If noise bothers you, get soft ear plugs from a pharmacist; do deep
- Avoid dangerous situations. (ALCOHOL is very dangerous because it
depresses your controls and messes up your judgment; mixing alcohol and pills
can permanently damage your brain, liver, nervous system).
- Think of: a time you felt really good about you; a success; a time you helped
someone else; how you've been down before and gotten up again.
- Give yourself comfort---warm baths/showers, a good book, music with positive
associations. Say to yourself, "I deserve this".
- Start writing down your thoughts and feelings in a private journal.
- Accept attention, support, praise and rewards---you may be pushing people
and good things away; do a nice thing for someone in need.
- Try to solve problems and "take care of business" from day to
day so your worries don't mount up any higher than they are now; this will
also give you a feeling that you are more in control of your life.
- Write this note & keep it with you:
"My suicidal crisis is temporary. Unbearable pain can be survived.
Help is available. I am not alone."
- BSU Counseling Center (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday of academic year) - 508-531-1331
- Brockton Hospital- 24 hour crisis 508-941-7400
- Your Residence Hall Director and Assistant
- BSU Public Safety and Police Services - 911
- Suicide Hotlines
- Boston: 617-247-0220
- Fall River: 508-673-3777
- Providence: 401-272-4044 or 1-800-365-4044
- Preventing Suicide:
Last Modified: April 8, 2011