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Division of Public Relations and Marketing Communications
Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33314-7796

(954) 262-5353
(800) 541-6682 x25353
Fax: (954) 262-3954
communications@nova.edu

September Health Tip: It Takes Us All to Create a Living Safety Net

 

Submitted by NSU’s Office of Suicide & Violence Prevention:

Scott Poland, Ed.D., NCSP : Coordinator, Office of Suicide & Violence Prevention; Co-Director, SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant CPS Faculty

Douglas Flemons, Ph.D., LMFT : Co-Director, SAMHSA Suicide Prevention Grant; SHSS Faculty

Erin Procacci, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist : SAMHSA Suicide Prevention NSU Grant Coordinator; CPS Adjunct Faculty

Jose Miranda, Psy.D. : Postdoctoral Resident in Crisis Prevention & School Psychology Assessment

 Michael Pusateri, M.A. : CPS doctoral student; Graduate Assistant to Office of Suicide & Violence Prevention

 


If you notice someone acutely suffering in one or more of these ways,

you can access IMMEDIATE help by calling the relevant numbers below:

 

 

EMERGENCY

911

Henderson Student Counseling Center

(954) 424-6911

MHNet
(NSU’s Employee Assistance Program)
1-877-398-5816;
TTY: 1-800-338-2039

1-800-SUICIDE
(1-800-784-2433)

1-800-273-TALK
(1-800-273-8255)

Text Telephone:
1-800-799-4TTY
1-800-799-4889

Military Veterans Suicide Hotline
1-800-273-TALK
(Press 1)

Suicide Hotline in Spanish
1-800-273-TALK
(Press 2)

LGBT Youth Suicide Hotline
1-866-4-U-TREVOR

  • Do not leave the person alone until a professional is with him/her (unless you are in danger)
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects from the situation if possible
  • Head to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic if possible

Additional Suicide Prevention/Mental Health Resources:

Henderson Student Counseling Center

954-242-6911  

http://www.nova.edu/studentcounseling

NSU Office of Suicide & Violence Prevention

 http://www.nova.edu/suicideprevention

American Association of Suicidology
(202) 237-2280
http://www.suicidology.org

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
1-888-333-2377
http://www.afsp.org

American Psychiatric Association
1-800-35-PSYCH
http://www.psych.org

American Psychological Association
1-800-374-2721
http://www.apa.org

Broward First Call for Help
211 or (954) 537-0211
http://www.211-broward.com

The Depression Center
http://www.depressioncenter.net

Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention

http://www.fisponline.org/

Florida Office of Suicide Prevention
http://www.helppromotehope.com/

Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition
http://www.floridasuicideprevention.org

Ganley Foundation

http://www.ganleyfoundation.com

JED Foundation
http://www.jedfoundation.org

National Center for Injury Prevention and Control
http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/suicide

National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
1-877-SAMHSA7
http://www.ncadi.samhsa.gov

National Institute of Mental Health
1-800-421-4211
http://www.nimh.gov

National Mental Health Association
1-800-989-6642
http://www.nmha.org

National Mental Health Information Center
http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/suicideprevention/

National Suicide Prevention Hotline / Lifeline
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Palm Beach Center for Information & Crisis
(561) 383-1111
http://www.211palmbeach.org

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education
http://www.save.org

Suicide Prevention Resource Center
http://www.sprc.org

Switchboard of Miami
(305) 358-HELP (4357)
(305) 644-9449 (TTY)
http://www.switchboardmiami.org

ULifeline (Online resource for college mental health)
http://www.ulifeline.org

United States Surgeon General
http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calltoaction/default.htm

Yellow Ribbon International
http:www.yellowribbon.org

 


  • Suicide is a major, preventable public health problem.
  • It is the 2nd leading cause of death among college-aged students.
  • Older students and graduate students have a higher incidence of suicide than younger, undergraduate students.
  • Worldwide, there are more deaths due to suicide than to accidents, homicides, and war combined.
  • Suicide is not chosen; it happens when pain exceeds resources for coping with pain. Many suicidal individuals desperately want to live.
  • Most suicidal/violent individuals can be helped.

By staying tuned in to the people around you, and by taking effective action to help those you recognize as troubled, you become an integral contributor to a caring community.

The only real risk is in doing nothing. It Takes Us All to Create a Living Safety Net.

For more information, please visit: http://www.nova.edu/suicideprevention.

The most effective ways to prevent suicide and violence are to know the warning signs, take them seriously, and help the individual access the appropriate resources.

WARNING SIGNS:
Direct and indirect statements and/or behaviors that indicate a risk for suicidal or homicidal behaviors:

  • Threatening harm to self or others
  • Seeking access to firearms, pills, or other lethal means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide
  • Depression, hopelessness, shame
  • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger
  • Seeking revenge
  • Acting reckless
  • Excessive alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and responsibilities
  • Experiencing anxiety, agitation, insomnia, excessive sleeping
  • Severe mood swings
  • Expressing no reason for living or no sense of purpose in life