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How To Approach A Student

  • Express your concern to the student citing the risk factors you have observed.
  • Ask about the other risk factors.
  • Ask about suicidal thoughts directly, use the word suicide. This does not increase the risk of a suicide occuring, in fact students are often relieved to have someone to talk to.
  • Assist the student to find solutions to their problems other than suicide.
  • Never agree to keep serious suicidal thoughts in confidence. It is important that a student with serious suicidal thoughts meet with a counseling professional so the student can receive the support they need.
  • Be supportive and follow-up with the student

Last Updated: 10/2/08