Emergency and Crisis Intervention
The Counseling Center provides crisis intervention services throughout the regular academic year for students experiencing mental health crises (e.g. psychological trauma, thoughts of harming self, or others). If you or someone you are assisting is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, and you are off campus, call 911 immediately; if you are on campus, call Public Safety at 718-960-7777. If you are in crisis and would like to speak to a counselor, call 718-960-8761.
- Have you experienced a personal, psychological, or physical trauma recently?
- Has your level of distress increased significantly?
- Has someone asked you to come to the Counseling Center or another mental health resource?
- Are you having thoughts or have you made a plan to hurt yourself or others?
- Has a friend, intimate partner or family member hurt you physically, emotionally or sexually?
If you answered "yes" to any of the questions above, seek assistance or call the Counseling Center to make an appointment.
Almost all college students who die by suicide are suffering from an emotional disorder, most commonly depression. Other emotional problems can increase the risk for suicide, too, such as anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, or eating disorders.
Identifying and treating these illnesses is especially important because someone with an untreated emotional disorder may be more likely to attempt suicide in the wake of a stressful event such as a death, relationship difficulties, or a failed exam.
The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs, take those signs seriously, and know how to respond when you experience them yourself or see them in a friend or classmate. The important thing to remember is that there is hope. People who are suicidal can be helped with the proper treatment.
The best approach to treating suicidal individuals is to identify and treat any underlying mental disorder. Talk to your school's counseling center or call 1-800-273-TALK.
Many people who die by suicide have given definite warnings to family and friends of their intentions. If you notice that someone you know talks about death or suicide, take it seriously.
Most suicidal people are undecided about living or dying. This is called “suicidal ambivalence.” While a part of them wants to live, death seems like the only way out of their pain and suffering. They sometimes gamble with death, leaving it up to others to save them.
Discussing suicidal thoughts, if done with sympathy, tact, and respect, can make the person feel less alone and encourage them to get the help they need. Trying to cheer someone up might make them feel even more misunderstood and ashamed of their thoughts and feelings. It is important to listen well and take them seriously.
Help is often available on or around campuses through the following resources:
- Student Counseling Center
- Student Health Center
- Resident Hall director, dean, academic adviser, tutor, or faculty member
- Campus Religious or Spiritual Leader
- Community Mental Health Center
- Local crisis center or hotlines
- Safe Horizon
The following resources provide additional information:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline
With more than 130 crisis centers across the country, our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services.
Helpline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)
Samaritans provides confidential, non-judgmental emotional support 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide. Samaritans' services can be found in the United Kingdom and in many other regions around the world.
The following resources are also available:
- American Association for Suicidology is a leader in the advancement of scientific and programmatic efforts in suicide prevention through research, education and training, development of standards and resources, and survivor support services.
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research and education, and to reaching out to people with mood disorders and those impacted by suicide.
- The Jed Foundation works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students.
- Mental Health America is dedicated to helping all people live mentally healthier lives.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots organization for people with mental illness and their families. Helpline: 866-615-646.
- National Institute of Mental Health provides news, overview, clinical trials, research, treatment, and information on organizations that deal with suicide.
- Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE) prevents suicide through public awareness and education, thereby reducing stigma. SAVE also serves as a resource for those touched by suicide.
- Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) is dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community action and federal, state, and local grassroots advocacy.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center provides prevention support, training, and resources to assist organizations and individuals to develop suicide prevention programs, interventions and policies, and to advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.