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Suicide Prevention

Wellness and Health Promotion Services is home to SIUC's Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant. We believe it takes a village to create a zero suicide culture on college campuses. We are Salukis on Your Side, dedicated to providing comprehensive mental health services and resources to SIU students. Our goal is to help you find the support, resources, and information you needSalukis on Your Side offers a variety of trainings/workshops/presentations to Faculty/Staff/Students. Please Click Here to find out more!

Salukis on Your Side

Veteran's Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273-8255

Trevor Lifeline 1-866-488-7386

Trans Lifeline

What is it? A 24/7 hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline is primarily for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self harm.

Contact Information:
a). United States: 1-877-565-8860
b). Canada 1-887-330-6366
Available 24/7

What is Suicide Prevention?

Suicide is preventable. There is help—and hope—when individuals, organizations, and communities join forces to address suicide as a preventable public health problem. Over the past 20 years, suicides among youth have declined by 40% and among older adults by 33%. By drawing on research and implementing effective interventions, we can save lives.

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What are the risks and warning signs?

These signs may mean someone is at risk for suicide. The risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss, or change. Warning signs may include:

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Displaying extreme mood swings
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Sleeping too little or too much
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge

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Where Can I go for help?

  • Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) in the Student Health Center at SIU provides mental health-related services to facilitate students’ adjustment to college and their personal and psychological growth in becoming high functioning and socially responsible adults. CAPS staff work to help students resolve problems that interfere with personal, social, and academic functioning while also emphasizing prevention, development, adjustment, and wellness. CAPS can be reached at (618) 453-5371.
  • SIU Clinical Center offers Individual Counseling, Couples Counseling, and Group Counseling. Call (618) 453-2361 to find out more information or to schedule an initial assessment.
  • The Trevor Lifeline 866-488-7386 is a round-the-clock crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth. Call toll-free 24/7.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is free, confidential, and always available. 1-800-273- TALK (8255).
  • Wellness and Health Promotional Services, a department of Student Health Services, offers workshops and Gatekeeper training including increasing coping skills and resiliency. Contact Beth Morrison, Wellness Coordinator at (618) 453-5227.

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Mental Health Resources

View a PDF containing mental health resources here.

View a PDF of the Illinois Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan here.

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