Suicide Threats and Attempts​

Contact the UW-Stevens Point Counseling Center, 715-346-3553, for confidential assistance in all suicide threats or with general questions or concerns.

Response and Prevention

 Prevention Resources

 Response to Suicide Threats or Concerns

When a threat is immediate, but no suicide attempt has actually occurred, stay with the person or have someone stay with the person and get immediate assistance.

Contact any of the following for assistance:

  • Applicable Hall Director
  • Residential Living Director
  • Dean of Students (for students) 715-346-2611
  • 9-1-1
  • University Police and Security Services 715-346-3456
  • UW-Stevens Point Counseling Center 715-346-3553

Establish a caring, supportive, assuring, accepting and firm relationship. Elicit suicidal thoughts and do not remain vague. If the person says, “I wish I were dead,” respond, “Are you thinking of suicide?” You will not contribute to a suicide by discussing these feelings directly; you may well prevent a suicide.

When the suicide threat is not immediate, but suggested, identify with the person a contact for support. Make sure to regularly follow up with them. Refer the person to the UW-Stevens Point Counseling Center or a treatment center of their choice.

Ensure the individual has a list of professional agencies to contact for assistance:

24-Hour Crisis Assistance​
​University Police ​715-346-3456
St. Michael’s Hospital Emergency Room​ ​715-346-5100
Stevens Point Police Department​ 715-346-1500​
In Case of Emergency 9-1-1

 Response After Suicide Attempt

If a suicide attempt has already been made, follow the Medical Emergencies response procedures. Perform first aid if trained. Attempt to get the details of the timing and method (i.e., item ingested, amount taken, weapons used, etc.).

After emergency responders have arrived, contact the following as applicable:

For students living in a residential hall:
Contact respective Residence Hall Director

For student suicide attempts:
Contact Dean of Students at 715-346-2611

For staff suicide attempts on campus:
Contact Human Resources Director



Emergency 911

​24-Hour Crisis Assistance

UW-Stevens Point Counseling Center

University Police and Security Services

St. Michael's Hospital ED

​Stevens Point Police Dept.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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Page Last Reviewed: February 14, 2019

Page Last Updated: February 14, 2019