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Dartmouth Cares: Medical Health Awareness, Crisis Intervention, and Suicide Prevention

Dartmouth Cares

Counseling Center
Hinman Box 6143
7 Rope Ferry Road
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: 603-646-9442
Fax: 603-646-9410
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Dartmouth Cares - Faculty & Staff

Recognizing students in crisis

In your role as a faculty or staff, it is likely that you will come across students in distress. Suicide is preventable and it is important that you are aware of the indicators that might suggest that a student is thinking about suicide. The more signs present, the greater the likelihood that that a student is in distress and in need of assistance. 

What To Be Aware Of

If you witness a student exhibiting any of the following behaviors, call 911 or Safety & Security at 603-646-3333:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; and/or,
  • Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means; and/or,
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide.

Seek help from a Counseling Center mental health professional at 603-646-9442 or offer to walk the student to the Counseling Center when becoming aware of the following risk factors:

  • Increased alcohol or other drug use
  • No reason for living; no sense of purpose in life
  • Anxiety, agitation, unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Feeling trapped - like there's no way out
  • Hopelessness
  • Withdrawal from friends, family and society
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Dramatic mood changes

What To Do

  1. If the student has made a suicide attempt, call 911 for an ambulance, and Safety and Security at 603-646-3333.
  2. If the student has expressed suicidal ideation or appears to be in a fog or not thinking clearly, they need to be seen immediately. Call the Counseling Center at 603-646-9442 during office hours (M-F: 8:00am-4:30pm) or after hours, call the Dick's House Inpatient Department at 603-646-9440 and they will connect you with the Counselor-On-Call. You and the counselor can make the appropriate arrangements for the student to be seen.
  3. If the student has a few of the risk factors, but denies having suicidal ideation, it makes sense for them to touch base with a counselor. They can call the Counseling Center to set up an appointment at their convenience.
  4. If you are not sure what to do, or how to proceed, call the Counseling Center and ask to speak to the Counselor-On-Call.
  5. If you feel the student needs to be seen by a counselor right away and the student refuses, you can contact the Counselor-On-Call or the Dean-On-Call for consultation.

Last Updated: 2/23/18