If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or someone else, immediately call Campus Police (978-934-2911) or go to the nearest emergency room.

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Suicide Facts

  1. Fact: Bringing up the subject of suicide and discussing it openly is one of the most helpful things you can do because it relieves the suicidal person of the incredible sense of isolation they experience. Asking about suicide relays that another person has insight to their pain and cares about their well-being.
  2. Fact: Often, people who are suicidal offer some clue or warning. All warning signs should be taken seriously. For information on warning signs, please visit the UMass Lowell UMatter page.
  3. Fact: Most suicidal people are ambivalent, wavering until the very last moment between wanting to live and wanting to die. For example, people in a suicidal crisis frequently call for help immediately following a suicide attempt. The impulse to end it all, however overpowering, does not last forever.
  4. Fact: Studies of suicide victims have shown that more than half had sought medical help within six months before their deaths.
  5. Fact: Sometimes a suicidal person can appear calm and serene right before a suicide attempt is made because the suicidal person has come to peace with his or her decision. This state could be a sign of imminent danger, especially if the person has not been receiving professional care.

References: NAMI, Yellow Ribbon