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Faculty, staff, parents, and students may encounter someone who is struggling with emotional pain. Many individuals become overwhelmed by stress at some point in college or life. Additionally, a few people experience traumatic events such as sexual assault, discrimination, hate crimes and/or sexual harassment.
Some of the early signs of someone in need of help include poor academic or work performance, excessive absences, repeated requests for special help, avoiding or dominating discussions, excessive anxiety when speaking in class, disruptive behavior, troubling emails or remarks on social media, references to suicide or isolation from family.
If you are concerned about someone, trust your instincts. Share your concerns with someone who can help; don't keep quiet. Reporting concerns get people connected with help and support.
If the person denies suicidal thoughts and you still have concerns about his or her safety, let the person know by saying something like: “You say you aren’t going to kill yourself, but I'm still concerned about you.”
After expressing your continued concern, you have the following options for dealing with the denial:
Make time to engage in self-care like listening to music, connecting with friends/family, enjoying a hobby, or taking a walk. Most people can benefit from counseling and do not have to be in crisis to seek assistance. If you would like support from a mental health professional, call or visit the Counseling department today.
Ask. Listen. Refer. — The Missouri S&T Suicide Prevention Training Program was designed to help faculty, staff, and students prevent suicide by teaching you to: