Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. Attending college can be a difficult transition period in which students may feel lost, lonely, confused, anxious, inadequate, and stressed. These problems may lead to depression. Untreated depression is the number one cause for suicide. 

The best way to prevent suicide is to recognize the warning signs and understanding how to respond if you spot them. If you believe that a student is suicidal, you can play a role in suicide prevention by showing that you care- approach and listen empathically, directly ask about suicide, and refer/connect the student to the appropriate resource.

The MCC Student Counseling Center offers suicide prevention training to faculty groups and student classes. To schedule a short presentation for your department or class, please contact the Student Counseling Center at 254-299-8210.

If you or someone you know is an immediate danger to himself or herself or someone else, contact the MCC Police Department at 254-299-8911 or call 911 immediately.
  • dial 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline or call 1-800-273-8255
  • text with a 24/7 crisis counselor - Text HOME to 741741
  • go the nearest emergency room
  • call the local HOT Behavioral Health Network Crisis Hotline at 254-752-3451 or 1-866-752-3451

Suicide Warning Signs:

Warning signs call for immediate action- Do not leave someone alone if you hear or observe the following:
  • Appearing depressed or sad most of the time
  • Talking or writing about death or suicide
  • Withdrawing from family and friends
  • Feeling hopeless or helpless
  • Feeling strong anger or rage
  • Expressing feeling unbearable physical or emotional pain
  • Feeling trapped -- like there is no way out of a situation
  • Experiencing dramatic mood changes
  • Abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Exhibiting a change in personality
  • Acting impulsively or recklessly
  • Losing interest in most activities
  • Experiencing a change in sleeping habits
  • Experiencing a change in eating habits
  • Performing poorly at work or in school
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame
  • Writing a will
  • Seeking access to lethal means such as medication or firearms