According to the CDC suicide is the 11th leading cause of death. It is estimated that for every death by suicide of young adults 15-24 there are between 100-200 suicide attempts. Evidenced by these statistics it is clear that many people contemplate suicide at some point in their lifetimes. There are several key symptoms that are commonly reported by people with suicidal ideation: anxiety, panic, hopelessness, impulsivity, mood fluctuations, loss of interest in usual activities, insomnia, withdrawal from friends and family and increase in substance abuse. It is believed that people are at greater risk when they report a history of prior suicide attempts, previous psychiatric hospitalizations, physical or sexual abuse or family history of suicide attempts. There are also several protective factors that, when present, reduce the risk of suicide. Healthy stress management strategies, religious faith, frustration tolerance, absence of psychosis, quality support systems, responsibility to children or pets and positive therapeutic relationships appear to reduce risk.
IF YOU ARE SUICIDAL, SEEK PROFESSIONAL HELP
- Monday-Thursday, 8:00 A.M. -4:45 P.M., Friday, 9:00 A.M.-4:45P.M. Contact Norris Health Center, (414)229-4716 and ask to speak to the Crisis Counselor.
- After hours or on weekends contact UWM Campus Police, 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
- If you live in the residence halls contact your Resident Assistant (RA), Security Staff, or Residential Program Staff (RPS).
- Help is available 24/7 via the Milwaukee County Crisis Line, 414-257-7222 or 1-800-273-TALK.
IF YOU KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SUICIDAL
- Remain calm, listen and offer emotional support.
- Don't be afraid to talk about it. It is a myth that asking about suicide gives people the idea or increases the risk of it happening.
- Encourage positive actions and problem solving.
- Get assistance. Don't feel that you need to handle it alone.