Suicide Prevention

Some Statistics on Suicide

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among adolescents and the 2nd among college students.

According to the American Association of Suicidology (AAS), approximately 1,100 college students complete suicide every year. This translates into an average of 3 college students complete suicide each day.

National surveys of college students report 8-10% suicidal ideation rate each year.

About 10% of college students on any given campus think about killing themselves every year. At Ohio University, if there are 22,000 students, about 2,200 contemplate suicide each year.

Those students who are most in need are largely unknown to campus mental health service providers. In fact, less than 20% of students who die by suicide in the U.S. are identified as past or current clients of college/university counseling centers (National Survey of College Counseling Center Directors, AUCCCD, 2002-2004).

Warning Signs:
  • Someone threatening to hurt or kill themselves
  • Someone looking for ways to kill themselves, such as seeking access to pills, weapons, or other means
  • Someone talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
  • Hopeless ness
  • Rage, anger, seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities
  • Feeling trapped
  • Increased drug/alcohol use
  • Anxiety, agitation, inability to sleep
  • Dramatic Changes in Mood
  • Indication of not being able to identify a reason for living or seeking a purpose in life. Examples of such statements are “I wish this were all over, “ I don’t want to wake up anymore,” “I don’t even see a purpose."
  • Suicidal statements are typically vague or may occur in various modes, including Facebook or Twitter posting and/or text messages anymore,” etc.