Suicide Prevention

This can be a difficult topic to think about and discuss.  However, it also provides us an opportunity to increase the awareness of signs and symptoms of someone at risk of suicide.

Below, please find a video created by the NC State Counseling Center. ECSHC would like to thank them for making and sharing the video. This video won an Emmy Award. More information can be found here.

If you or someone close to you is experiencing a stressful situation and seems to be withdrawing from friends and school responsibilities, feeling hopeless and depressed stating or implying ways they would harm themselves, it is important to seek professional help. At ECSHC both the Medical and Counseling staff are available to assist you or your friend in getting the help that is needed.   If you are concerned about someone, bring them in, or tell somebody.  If you have had such thoughts yourself, it can be tremendously beneficial to talk.  If you or someone you care about is thinking about suicide, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433.  Of course, you can also call the Eric Cohen Student Health Center at 323-442-5631.  Day or night, 24/7, someone will answer the phone and be able to help. The vast majority of people who attempt suicide, but are unsuccessful, communicate profound appreciation for another chance at life.  Here is a link to some stories:

  • Some FACTS about suicide
    • Nearly 30,000 Americans commit suicide every year.
    • In the U.S., suicide rates are highest during the spring.
    • Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds and 2nd for 24 to 35-year-olds.
    • On average, 1 person commits suicide every 16.2 minutes.
    • Each suicide intimately affects at least 6 other people.
    • About 2/3 of people who complete suicide are depressed at the time of their deaths. Depression that is untreated, undiagnosed, or ineffectively treated is the number 1 cause of suicide.
    • There is 1 suicide for every 25 attempted suicides.
    • Males make up 79% of all suicides, while women are more prone to having suicidal thoughts.
    • 1 in 65,000 children ages 10 to 14 commit suicide each year.
    • There are 2 times as many deaths due to suicide than HIV/AIDS.
    • Over 50% of all suicides are completed with a firearm.
  • What YOU can do(In addition to bringing someone you are concerned about to Eric Cohen, or coming in yourself, consider some of these actions):
    • Build our community by reaching out to someone who appears to be sad, isolated, stressed or lonely.
    • If you are concerned about someone, tell a faculty member, an administrator or make a report on Trojan Care for Trojans (TC4T)
    • Call or come in and speak with one of our providers.  Consultations are part of your student health fee so don’t be afraid to utilize that service.
    • Talk about this topic.  Perhaps it could be brought up in a class discussion, lunch with friends, or even be something that is incorporated into the curriculum.
    • If you have been impacted by someone’s suicide, here is a link to a Southern California Organization (Survivors of Suicide Loss) who can provide resources and access to people like yourself:
    •  Suicide is a tragedy when it happens, but it is also not necessary and preventable.  Questions, comments, concerns?  Give us a call.  Most certainly you can reach out to a Counselor at Eric Cohen Student Health at 323-442-5631.