When the topic of suicide comes up, you may feel nervous or uncertain about what to say. You might even be afraid you’ll put someone at risk if you talk about suicide. But this isn’t true. In fact, talking about suicide, even if it’s just a short conversation, can encourage people who are at risk to seek help.
Research indicates that certain types of news coverage can increase the likelihood of suicide in vulnerable individuals. But it isn’t just the media that influences people who are at risk. Conversations and reactions to suicide by peers and community members can also impact people who are struggling.
At WSU, we want to encourage members of our community to get help when they experience thoughts of suicide or other mental health concerns. To make this happen, follow our tips below to ensure you’re talking about suicide in a way that is helpful.
As faculty and staff, we’re in a unique position to shape the climate of the university. We typically stay in the area and at the university longer, and many of us are in frequent contact with students.
When it comes to violence prevention, there are many ways faculty and staff help set the tone for students. You can play a critical role in efforts to reduce sex- and gender-based violence on campus.
Stalking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault are complex, difficult problems to address and it’s easy to become discouraged.
We firmly believe that while no one can do everything to stop violence, everyone can do something. To get started, check out our toolkit below for ideas and resources you can use in the year ahead.
Promote a safe space. Let students know your classroom is a safe space that does not tolerate violence of any kind.
Make sure you know the resources. If a student needs help, direct them to OEO’s list of resources. If you have concerns about a student’s emotional or psychological wellbeing, you can share your concerns with the AWARE Network.
Spread the word about Green Dot. On syllabus day, consider including a Green Dot slide in your presentation.