Suicide Prevention for Parents
College offers great opportunity as well as unique challenges along the way. So why is suicide the 2nd leading cause of death of college students, killing more than 1000 students every year? Stress with the college experience, sleep loss and substance abuse can lead to depression, a key factor in suicide deaths. Up to 40% of college students report experiencing depression during an academic year. Parents, college staff and friends need to be able to distinguish the normal temporary college blues from depression. Those students at greatest risk of suicide have a past history of suicide attempts and a personal or family history of depression.
The therapists at the Counseling Center at the UCTC are trained in addressing the concerns of students with a range of issues including suicidal thoughts and depression. We can help your student with their struggles. Please let us know if you think a student may be suicidal so that we can help. You can call (541) 346-3227 anytime, day or night
Apart from contacting the Counseling Center, there are other ways that you can help your student. The three steps below are a brief guide on how to support a student going through depression.
- Take time to understand depression
- Recognize risk factors for suicide
- Know how to help