The key to preventing suicide on our campus is spreading education, awareness, and a stronger connected community. While these are not exhaustive lists, they may be helpful to you in recognizing a student in trouble and getting help, or maybe finding help for yourself. If you would like more in-depth training, please go to our Trainings Offered page for further information.
Warning Signs of Suicide
People who are considering suicide may sometimes do things that can be taken as signs or cues that they are in distress. It is important to note that these warning signs should not be taken lightly and may be a person’s way of communicating that they are in danger.
- Say things that indicate they do not feel a reason to live (e.g., “I can’t go on,” “I can’t live like this anymore,” “I wish I was dead,” “I won’t be here much longer.”)
- Express intense feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, and/or worthlessness
- Major changes in the person’s typical behavior (e.g., starts using drugs or alcohol, dramatic mood changes, sudden intense anxiety, sudden changes in sleeping too much or too little)
- Making end-of-life preparations (e.g., creating a will, giving away possessions)
- Suddenly acting restless or engaging in risky behaviors without thinking
- Withdrawing themselves from friends, family, and society
- Started drinking or using drugs
Facts and Statistics
- Most people have thoughts of suicide at some point in their life
- It is ok to talk about suicide with a person who you think might be at risk of attempting suicide. By being willing to talk about it, you open up an opportunity to get help, which may be a relief to that person
- Talking about suicide will NOT put the idea in the person’s head
- You can get help and suicide can be preventable
- New Mexico has the 4th highest suicide rate in the nation
- Suicide is the 11th leading cause of death among adults in the U.S.
- Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students
How To Be Helpful or Get Help
There are many ways to be helpful to a person who is considering suicide. Below are links to information on our website about being helpful, making referrals, and consulting with our on-call counselors, in addition to suicide prevention organization websites that have additional information about recognizing the warning signs of suicide and how to get help.
- Recognizing a Student in Distress
- Being Helpful to a Student in Crisis
- How to Make a Referral to the Counseling Center
- How to Speak with a Counselor if You are Concerned about a Student
- Get Training on Suicide Intervention
- American Association of Suicidology
***If a person is in any immediate danger of suicide, immediately call 911 for assistance***
- 575-646-2371 NMSU Counseling Center (open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm for walk-in crisis services)
- 1-800-SUICIDE (national hotline)
- 1-800-273-TALK (national hotline)
- 1-888-628-9454 (Spanish speaking)
- After-Hours Emergency Resources