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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. Studies indicate that suicidal students are quiet, reserved, depressed, and socially isolated.

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 pointing out the alternatives, showing that you care, and referring 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 299-8210.

If you are someone you know is in immediate danger to himself or herself or someone else, contact the MCC Police Department at 299- 8911 or call 911 immediately.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255

Suicide Warning Signs:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Losing interest in most activities.
  • Performing poorly at work or in school.
  • Giving away prized possessions.
  • Writing a will.
  • Feeling excessive guilt or shame.