Suicide Prevention

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This page is dedicated to providing students, staff, faculty, and community members resources regarding suicide prevention. This page shares warning signs of suicidal behaviors, suicide statistics, resources for suicide prevention including national, state, and local hotlines, local mental health programs, URG/RGCC protocols regarding suicidal behavior, and campus events and education about suicide. 


Crisis Text Line

to 741741

Free, 24/7 support at your fingertips

Warning Signs 


If a person talks about: 

  • Killing themselves
  • Feeling hopeless
  • Having no reason to live
  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Unbearable pain 


Behaviors that may signal risk, especially if related to a painful event, loss or change: 

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to end their lives, such as searching online for methods
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression
  • Fatigue


People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of interest
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation/Shame
  • Agitation/Anger
  • Relief/Sudden Improvement

(AFSP, 2019) 


  • Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States (American Association of Suicidology, 2019)
  • Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-34 year olds(American Association of Suicidology, 2019)
  • 80-90% of people who seek treatment for depression are treated successfully(SAVE Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, 2019)
  • 250,000 people every year become suicide survivors(American Association of Suicidology, 2019)
  • 85% of college students reported feeling overwhelmed(Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 2015)
  • 90% of completed suicides had one or more diagnosable mental health disorders including depression (NAMI, 2019)
  • 80% of students who died by suicide never contacted mental health services for help (NAMI, 2019)


Ohio’s Voice for Suicide PreventionOhio Suicide Prevention Foundation

The mission of OSPF is to act as a catalyst and steward of statewide suicide prevention efforts by supporting community-based efforts to reduce stigma, promote education and awareness about suicide prevention, and increase resources and programs to reduce the risk of lives lost to suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide PreventionAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention

AFSP raises awareness, funds scientific research and provides resources and aid to those affected by suicide.

The Trevor Project The Trevor Project

A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline and suicide resources for LGBTQ youth.


Suicide Prevention Resource CenterHelp & Hope for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Resource guide and educational tool to assist survivors of suicide, as well as support others who’ve been impacted by suicide. Authored by STOP Suicide Northeast Indiana (2016).


Gallia, Jackson, Meigs ADAMHS BoardGallia, Jackson, Meigs ADAMHS Board

For local resources and programs, visit the GJM ADAMHS Board for additional information.

Veterans Affairs Information- Huntington, WV Veterans Affairs

Resources and suicide prevention services for veterans.



National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Risk of Suicide National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI) Risk of Suicide

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. This link provides information from NAMI regarding suicide risk, warning signs, and what to do in a crisis situation.


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) Suicide Prevention

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities. This link provides information from SAMHSA regarding suicidality statistics, prevention, and education.


Apps for Suicide Prevention and Mental Health


If you are feeling sad, anxious, or depressed, lift your mood with MoodTools! MoodTools is designed to help you combat depression and alleviate your negative moods, aiding you on your road to recovery.

Google Play StoreApple Store


Moodpath is your pocket-sized mental health companion. Whether you are facing a rough patch or have concerns about your mental health, the app’s goal is to support you through the difficult times and guide you out the other side.

Google Play StoreApple Store

MY3- Support Network

Stay connected to your network when you are in a time of crisis with MY3. With MY3, you define your network, and your plan to stay safe. With MY3 you can be prepared to help yourself and reach out to others when you are feeling suicidal.
Google Play StoreApple Store

A Friend Asks

Would you know how to respond if you recognized your friend may be thinking about suicide? Here you will have access to the warning signs, do’s and don’ts, and the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a click away. Don’t be afraid to ask for help…for a friend or yourself.
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The National Suicide Hotline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Gallia, Jackson, and Meigs Crisis Hotline


Ross County Crisis Hotline

1-740-773-HELP (4357)

Ross County Teen Crisis Hotline


Pike County Crisis Hotline


Scioto County Crisis Hotline


Hocking & Vinton Counties Crisis Hotline


Athens County Crisis Hotline


Athens County Teen Crisis Hotline

1-800-227-TEEN (8336)

Vets for Warriors Hotline


Domestic Violence Hotline


Mental Health Programs

For information on how to receive FREE counseling services at University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College and local counseling resources, please visit the Counseling/Advocacy page.

Counseling Advocacy

Crisis Intervention Access

Suicidal Ideation Protocol

At risk for self-injury/suicidal ideation is defined as:  Any student who indicates through actions speech or writings that he or she may be at risk of harming himself/herself physically; thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.

  1. Take all threats seriously.
  1. DO NOT LEAVE THE STUDENT ALONE. Identify someone who will maintain CONSTANT supervision.
  2. Involve a member of Campus Police (740.245.7286) who will contact Hopewell Health Centers Crisis Services (740.446.5500, then press 0) to request on-call crisis staff response to campus for risk assessment. Under no circumstances should a non-credentialed person attempt to assess the severity of the risk.

a.  If the counselor and/or clinician determine that the student is not a risk to him/herself or others, there is no need for further evaluation.
b.  If the counselor and/or clinician determine that the student is a risk to him/herself or others proceed to step 4.

  1. Contact 911
  1. Any student who presents at-risk must follow the re-entry protocol for follow-up.

Suicide Attempt Protocol

Suicide attempt is defined as: A non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with an intent to die as a result of the behavior; might not result in injury.

  1. If a student has attempted suicide, contact 911 IMMEDIATELY.
  2. DO NOT LEAVE THE STUDENT ALONE. Identify someone who will maintain CONSTANT supervision until the ambulance arrives.
  1. Any student who has attempted suicide must follow the re-entry protocol for follow-up.

Campus Events and Education

SafeTalk Training

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers training to staff, faculty, and students at the University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College for suicide awareness, education, and prevention. Current housing and residential staff attended SafeTalk, a three-hour suicide prevention training presented by AFSP, in August 2019. If your department would like to receive this training, please contact Dr. Courtney Ruggles, or 740.245.7439 to request this AFSP training.

Out of the Darkness Walk

This event supports the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s local and national education and advocacy programs and its goal of a 20 percent decrease in the annual suicide rate by 2025.

Gateway to Success

All new students are required to take Gateway to Success which dedicates one week of education to mental health, self-care, and suicide education.

Resource Guide

Faculty and staff are able to reference the Resource Guide available on campus for information and services.

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