We are Stronger Together
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-aged students. We aim to change this, together. Our students, faculty, staff and community members are not statistics or numbers, and the loss or near-loss of a one of these people affects countless others. Thoughts of suicide are more common than we think and they especially can come with life transitions, stressors, loss, low mood, anxiety and other experiences. These thoughts don't have to turn into permanent loss, however. Studies show 80% - 90% of people who seek treatment for depression are successfully treated with therapy and/or medication. Help is available. While situations vary by each person, there are things you can know and do to help yourself or someone else.
College is tough:
- Different academic expectations increase stress
- Feeling isolated, being away from home or from our usual supports, or living with new people can make the transition harder
- Temporary struggles can seem long-lasting
- New mental health concerns can arise, like depression
- Utilizing counseling support is shown to help reduce college stressors and drop-out rates
Risk Factors and Warning Signs
- Talking about suicide or wanting to die
- Talking about feeling like a burden or having no reasons to live
- Previous suicide attempts
- Depression symptoms like feeling worthless, helpless or hopeless
- Substance abuse
- Sudden changes in behavior
- Isolating and withdrawing
- Giving away possessions, saying goodbye
You Can Help
- Sometimes words of encouragement and hope are the missing piece.
- Encourage a friend or write messages of resiliency on the puzzle magnets.
- Talk directly with a friend, roommate or classmate if you've noticed they seem down, depressed, alone or possibly suicidal.
- Express reasons for your concern calmly and directly without judgment.
- If you think someone might be considering suicide, ask directly. This doesn't increase their risk of making a suicide attempt. Don't be afraid to ask the serious questions, while being respectful.
- Consider seeking professional support for yourself or someone else. Call or walk into the Counseling Center.
Resources to Know
- Colorado Crisis Services 24/7/365:
Text "TALK" to 38255, call 1-844-493- 8255, or chat with someone on its website
- CU Denver Student & Community Counseling Center:
Walk in and talk during business hours at Tivoli 454 or call 303-315-7270 for an appointment
Lynx Connected Events:
- Understanding and Working with Students in Distress presentation—faculty, staff and student leaders learn about warning signs of distress, skills to compassionately support someone else, the resources on campus and much more.
- Puzzle Pieces—these cut-outs move around campus so students and staff can write messages of encouragement to others, and even take a magnet message themselves. Want to host a puzzle piece? Contact us!
- Stress/Depression/PTSD Screenings—checking in on how you’re really doing provides powerful information. Screenings completed with a Counseling Center staff member.
- Coffee Conversations – encouraging students to meet someone new, strike up conversation, and ask “how are you?”. Plus get free coffee and treats!
To learn more about Lynx Connected, please contact Brittany Bouffard, LCSW, at Brittany.Bouffard@ucdenver.edu