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
- 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
|St. Michael’s Hospital Emergency Room
|Stevens Point Police Department
|In Case of Emergency