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Suicide

CONTACT US

E-mail: counselor@csmd.edu


LA PLATA CAMPUS

Ann Penick, MA, LCPC, NCC
Administration (AD) Building, Room 205
Phone: 301-934-7577
Email:  APenick@csmd.edu


LEONARDTOWN CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building A, Room 204E
Phone: 240-725-5328
Email:  jfossell@csmd.edu


PRINCE FREDERICK CAMPUS

Jennifer Fossell, LCSW-C
Building B, Room 109B
Phone: 443-550-6169
Email: jfossell@csmd.edu

Most people who are suicidal desperately want to live, but are unable to find another way to cope with their thoughts or feelings.

Almost 10% of college students seriously consider attempting suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students, and the third leading cause among all people ages 15-24 years old. Almost all college students who die by suicide are suffering emotionally, most commonly from depression. Other emotional problems can increase the risk of suicide, too, such as anxiety, bipolar, substance abuse, or eating disorders. Identifying and treating these illnesses is especially important because someone going untreated may be more likely to attempt suicide in the wake of a stressful event such as a death, relationship difficulties, or even a failed exam. The most effective way to prevent suicide is to know the warning signs, take those signs very seriously, and know how to respond when you see these signs in a friend or classmate—or, if you experience them yourself. With proper treatment, people who are suicidal CAN BE HELPED!  (Click: Supporting a friend who may be contemplating suicide.)

Symptoms

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself, or talking of wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill him/herself by seeking access to guns, available pills, or other means
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide with an organized plan in mind, especially when these actions are out of the ordinary for this person
  • Lacking in a social support network, such as having few or no friends, little or no family
  • Overwhelmed by academic and social pressures
  • Increasing substance abuse
  • Depression
  • Feelings of utter failure
  • Decreased academic performance
  • Recent personal loss, breakup of a close relationship, or having long-term health problem
  • Disordered thinking and not seeming to make sense, not being rational
  • Being upset, angry, hostile, uncontrolled rage, and impulsive
  • Living alone with an abusive partner
  • Giving away possessions and being in a good mood about it
  • Personal history of suicide attempt(s)
  • Hopelessness, expressing no reason for living, no sense of purpose in life
  • Reckless behavior involving risky activities
  • Feeling trapped like there’s no way out
  • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society in general
  • Dramatic mood changes