COC staff discusses signs of suicidal behavior during Suicide Awareness Month

by Katherine Carmichael 0

College of the Canyons is dedicated to creating a safe campus, especially during Suicide Awareness Month.
The Student Health and Wellness Center offers a variety of mental health services and encourages students to utilize their free therapy sessions to cope with things from everyday stressors to thoughts of suicide.
While the Health and Wellness Center is one of the best ways to help students who may attempt or have attempted suicide, being aware of the warning signs could save someone’s life.
Depression, tying up loose ends, returning borrowed items and talking about wanting to die are all signs of suicide that should be taken seriously. If you see someone showing these signs, there are a variety of options that can be utilized. Talking to them openly about their intentions and whether or not they want to commit suicide, referring them to a medical professional and even calling 911 are all good ways to prevent suicide.
However, don’t be fooled if the person seems to be feeling better. When someone decides to kill themselves, they often feel a sense of relief. If you notice this, it is crucial to act quickly since that person may not be alive for much longer.
If you think someone you know needs help, please call the National Suicide Hotline, 1-800-273-8255, or make an appointment at the Student Health and Wellness Center by calling 661-362-3259.

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