We all play a vital role in ensuring the safety of our Converse community.
Please consider the following:
- Speaking with the student individually
- Filling out a Converse Cares Alert Form
Show you care, connect on a feeling level, listen.
- “I’m concerned about you and noticed you haven’t been sleeping, eating, going to class, etc.”
- “How are you feeling?”
- Reflect back their feelings and paraphrase: “What I hear you say is that you are in a great deal of pain and feel hopeless.”
- “I’m glad you called.”
- Listen with respect. Individuals in distress want understanding and care.
Ask about suicide directly.
- “Sometimes when people feel sad, they have thoughts of killing themselves. Have you had such thoughts?”
- “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”
- “Have you considered suicide?” “How would you go about it?” “When would you do that?”
- Remember, asking about suicide does NOT put the idea in people’s minds.
Get help. Explore options. Offer resources.
- “What would help now?” “Who can help?” “Who usually helps?” “How can I help?”
- Get assistance. Avoid trying to be the only lifeline for this person. Seek out resources even if it means breaking a confidence.
- “How would you feel about going to the Wellness Center? Let’s call right now. I’ll walk over with you to see a counselor.”
- Wellness Center, 864-596-9258, Monday through Thursday 8:30 – 5:00, Friday, 8:30 – 2:00.
- After hours, contact Campus Safety or RD on call.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK
- Call 911 if this is an acute crisis.
What Not To Do
- Do not promise to keep the person’s thoughts of suicide a secret.
- Do not leave the person alone.
- Do not offer simple solutions.
- Do not suggest drugs or alcohol as a solution.
The BIT strongly encourages you to utilize its referral services. Please know the success of this process hinges on community commitment to reporting concerns.