Suicide is a serious and preventable public health problem. Suicide takes life without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race, or gender. Sadly, the legacy of suicide comes long after the death, impacting bereaved loved ones and communities. Suicide is preventable but it requires concerted and collaborative efforts from all sectors of society. As part of this effort, the Counseling and Career Services Office at Jackson State Community College shares the following information about what to do if you or someone you know is considering suicide. After all, suicide prevention starts with everyday heroes like you.
Suicide Warning Signs:
The following signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk of suicide is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and it seems related to painful events, loss, or change. If you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs, seek help as soon as possible by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). In the event that you or someone you know is currently in danger, dial 9-1-1 immediately.
If the behavior is occurring on a Jackson State Community College campus, please contact the JSCC Campus Police at (731) 225-5952.
- Talking about wanting to die or killing themselves
- Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online or buying a gun
- Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
- Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
- Talking about being a burden to others
- Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
- Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Withdrawing or isolating themselves
- Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
- Displaying extreme mood swings
Where to Get Help:
It can be scary when a friend or loved one is thinking about suicide. There is help and hope available:
Mobile Crisis Service (Tennessee) 855-274-7471
Pathways Behavioral Health Services Crisis Services: 1-800-372-0693
Quinco Mental Health Crisis Services: (731) 658-6113
Carey Counseling Center Crisis Services 1-800-353-9918
Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 or Text - 838255
Trevor Project Lifeline 1-866-488-7386
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)