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November 2021 - Suicide Prevention

Suicide is in the top 10 leading Causes of Death in all age groups, from ages 10-34 it is number two, only second to unintentional injury.

  • Suicide is defined as death caused by self-directed injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior.
  • A suicide attempt is a non-fatal, self-directed, potentially injurious behavior with intent to die as a result of the behavior. A suicide attempt might not result in injury.
  • Suicidal ideation refers to thinking about, considering, or planning suicide.

 In 2019, 12.0 million adults aged 18 or older reported having serious thoughts of suicide, and 1.4 million adults attempted suicide during the past year.

  • The rate of suicide attempt in the past year was the highest among college aged, young adults, 18-25 years of age.

If you are ever in a crisis and considering suicide, just know there are people who love and care for you and you have value. The numbers below are available to call or text 24/7.

Suicide Hotline
Veterans Crisis Line

Suicide Prevention Hotline
Text "Home" to 741-741

Counselors are available in the Center for Health and Wellness, located on the front side of the Wellness Building to the right before you enter the main building, for free counseling services or if you are ever in a mental health crisis. You do not need to be at the point of a full break down to seek out help. The number for the Center of Health and Wellness is 580.772.3776 or you can come in to get started.

If someone ever tells you they are considering suicide, find out where they are if you are able and stay on the phone with them or stay with them physically, make sure you are both safe. Go to where they are or call 911 and give them their name and location so they can be kept safe. You should always take these claims seriously.

Here are some websites for resources on what to do, and warning signs to look for in friends, family, coworkers, and classmates.

Take 5 to Save LivesThe Action AllianceSuicide Prevention


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (n.d.). NIMH " suicide.

National Institute of Mental Health. Retrieved October 7, 2021, from NIMH.