Suicide and College Life
Suicidal thoughts are not uncommon among college students. College is a time of transition, accompanied by feelings of both excitement and uncertainty. Many students are away from home for the first time and struggle with the pressures and challenges of college life. Although most students who have suicidal thoughts do not actually attempt suicide, suicidal thoughts can be signs of depression or psychological distress. While feelings of sadness and hopelessness can make suicide seem like the only option, it is important to recognize that suicide is never the only option. There is always another solution to a problem.
Each of us experiences stressful events at various times throughout our lives. We may be coping with the loss of a loved one, the break-up of a romantic relationship, pressures with work, family conflict, or financial hardship. Being in college can make it difficult to handle these struggles, as many students feel isolated or lonely at some point during their college years. While the pain of these struggles is very real, and suicidal thoughts may have helped one cope with the pain so far, there are possibilities connected to life. There are people (therapists, friends, family members, clergy) who want to help students figure out how to get through their pain so that they can feel healthy again. Help is available right here at Fordham.
Signs That You Might Be At Risk
Changes in appetite
Changes in sleep- too much or too little
Intense feelings of sadness or hopelessness
Loss of interest in friends or family
Self-harming behaviors, including changes in alcohol or drug abuse
Impulsive or aggressive behaviors
Decreased performance at work or school
Suicidal thoughts are often a symptom of depression, which can be treated with therapy and/or medication.
Depression can impair thinking and problem-solving abilities, such that it becomes difficult to think of creative solutions to complicated problems. Suicide can then seem like the only option.
The feelings of sadness and hopelessness associated with depression can make it difficult to reach out to others for help. Find a person – a family member, friend, clergy member, or mental health professional – with whom you can talk, and share your feelings.
Stress, lack of sleep, and poor eating habits make it difficult to cope with tough situations. Give yourself time to relax and take care of yourself – go to the gym, listen to music, or practice meditation.
Other resources for information and help:
Fordham Lincoln Center Security: 212-636-6076
Fordham Rose Hill Security: 718-817-2222
National Suicide Hotline (24 hours) : 1-800-SUICIDE
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Youth Line (peers provide counseling, information and referrals):1-800-246-4646
Suicide Assessment - information and referral (Lifenet – 24 hrs.): 1-800-543-3638