Loyola University Chicago

Wellness Center

Suicide

Loyola's Suicide Prevention Program

Suicide prevention and intervention is an important issue for the Wellness Center.  The Suicide Prevention Program at Loyola's Wellness Center involves efforts to expand awareness of mental health issues among faculty, staff, administrators, students and their families; to de-stigmatize the seeking of mental health services and increase help-seeking behaviors; and to enhance collaboration among those who have regular, direct contact with students, key service providers on campus, and Wellness Center staff. Please click on these links to learn more:

If You Need Help Or Are In Crisis

During Wellness Center Hours:

Contact the Wellness Center at 773.508.2530 or Dial-A-Nurse at 773.508.8883.

After Wellness Center Hours:

  • Crisis Line: 1.800.322.8400. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Campus Safety: On campus, dial 44.911
  • Off Campus: Dial 911

If you live on campus, you may also contact your Resident Director, who will know exactly where to obtain assistance.

What To Do If You Think Someone Is Suicidal

The chance of suicide can often be reduced by sensitive responses to the person in crisis. If you think someone you know may be suicidal, you should:

  • Trust your instincts that the person may be in trouble.
  • Remain calm.
  • Reach out to the person and listen, listen, listen to what the person is saying from his or her perspective.  Offer your emotional support, understanding, and patience.
  • Be honest and express your concerns.  For example, "You've seemed really down lately. Is something bothering you?"
  • Ask directly about thoughts of suicide. For example, "Have you thought of hurting yourself?" Most people have mixed feelings about death and dying and are open to help. Don't be afraid to ask or talk directly about suicide—this does not put the idea in their head. That is a myth!
  • Avoid being judgmental or arguing about the moral issues of suicide. Do not lecture on the value of life.
  • Convey the message that depression is real, common, and treatable; suicidal feelings are real and suicide is preventable.
  • Get assistance. Although you want to help, do not take total responsibility by trying to be their only source of help. Get professional help, even if the person resists. You can also offer to accompany the person to see a counselor.
  • Do not be sworn to secrecy.  An angry person is better than a dead one, and he or she will likely come around after the crisis passes.
Information in these pages adapted in part from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Association of Suicidology, the Jed Foundation, and the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.