According to the American College Health Association (ACHA) the suicide rate among young adults, ages 15-24, has tripled since the 1950s and suicide is currently the second most common cause of death among college students.
College students are often away from home and friends for the first time. They're living with strangers, far from their support systems, and working under intense pressure - with disrupted sleeping, eating and exercise patterns. It is important to stay in touch with your supportive family and friends. Chat by phone, IM or Skype. Do not undervalue the importance of sleep, diet, exercise and de-stressing activities. Familiarize yourself with the student health and mental health services available on HC campus. And be sensitive to the signs when stress may be verging into something else.
Warning signs include academic problems, depression, mood swings, withdrawal, feelings of hopelessness, disregard for personal appearance, increased substance use, increased risk-taking and/or an obsession with death.
- Feeling Blue Suicide Prevention Council - 800-273-8255
- Contact Greater Philadelphia - 610-649-5250; 215-355-6000
- Survivors of Suicide - 215-545-2242
- American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center: College Student Resource