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How To Approach A Student

  • Listen to the person and acknowledge his or her pain.
  • Ask directly, "Are you thinking about killing yourself?"  This does not increase the risk of a suicide occurring, in fact students are often relieved to have someone to talk to.
  • Help the person feel understood and let him or her know you care.
  • Avoid judging or inducing guilt.
  • 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.
  • Do not leave the person in active crisis alone.
  • Refer the individual to professional help.  Call the Counseling & Human Development department at 603-646-9442 during office hours (M-F: 8:00 am-4:30 pm) or after hours, call the Dick's House Inpatient Department at 603-646-9440, or Safety and Security at 603-646-3333.  You and the counselor on call can make the appropriate arrangements for the student to be seen.
  • 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 Dean-On-Call at 603-646-3333 for consultation.

Last Updated: 10/9/14