Suicide is best conceptualized as something people consider when their pain exceeds their resources to cope with the pain.
If you or someone you know is thinking about committing suicide see our Crisis page immediately.
If you are personally feeling distressed or are having thoughts of suicide, help is available. If someone you know is in crisis, there are specific actions you can take to help your friend through this difficult time.
The Counseling Center can provide a variety of services for students who may be feeling hopeless or thinking about suicide. We can also assist you if you are concerned about someone you know. There are many treatment options available on and off campus. Contact the Counseling Center at 410-704-2512 for an initial appointment to help determine what type of services best fit your needs.
Sometimes a helpful listening ear is enough to help you get through to the next time the Counseling Center is open. In this case we recommend you call one of the following local resources:
If you use any of the above services, we urge you to call us at the Counseling Center 410-704-2512 the next time we are open, so that we can follow-up with you and assist you further.
According to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 80% of all those individuals that attempt suicide have a mental illness most often depression. Depression is characterized by an intense sadness that that may or may not be explained by environmental causes. This intense sadness can lead people to withdraw from friends and family and feel embarrassed about their behavior. However, it is important to remember that depression is treatable.
There are a number of warning signs that may indicate that someone is at immediate risk for committing suicide. If you or someone you know is presenting with any of these warning signs, contact 9-1-1 or seek help from a mental health professional immediately.
Risk factors include situations that may increase the likelihood of suicidal thoughts or attempts. Below are some common risk factors:
Protective factors are situations that may decrease the likelihood of suicidal thoughts or attempts. Below are some common protective factors:
A Friend Asks is a free smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide. Education is the key to prevention and with information like this as close as your smartphone, you could help save a life!
Operation Reach Out is part of MCA-D’s effort to provide timely and effective support and guidance for military families. It's designed to:
Note: This app contains many videos segments and may take up extra memory and time to download. Video must be downloaded while connected by wifi.