Knowing the signs of suicide is important in helping someone who may be at risk. By offering your understanding, reassurance and support, you can help your loved one or friend seek the help they need. We provide some guidelines to:
- Recognize commons signs
- Identify risk factors
- Learn how to intervene
- Understand mental illness
Please use the links to the right to find the information most relevant to you.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, suicide prevention is described as knowing the risk factors, warning signs, and protective factors surrounding suicide. Risk factors are characteristics that make it more likely that an individual will consider, attempt, or die by suicide. Protective factors make this less likely to occur. Warning signs indicate an immediate risk of suicide. In collaboration with the OSUSPP and its main pillars of education, advocacy, and outreach, students and staff can self-identify these factors and signs early on in order to cope properly. Ohio State’s Counseling and Consultation Services also offers a variety of assistance all geared towards supporting mental health. To view a full list of the services provided and how they help visit the CCS website at https://ccs.osu.edu/about-us-and-our-services/.