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It is important to regard all suicidal comments as serious. Watching for some of the following behaviors will offer clues on the student's frame of mind. If a student exhibits any of the symptoms below, refer her or him to Student Health Services immediately for assessment.
- withdrawal from friends and family
- expression of extreme hopelessness or guilt
- sudden mood or behavior changes
- giving possessions away
- comments that life isn't worth the trouble
- recurrent thoughts or statements about suicide
- Be confident, caring, and prepared to provide information about available student resources.
- If you have an intuition that something is wrong with the student, call Counseling and Psychological Services for consultation with professional staff.
- If you believe there is imminent danger, and the student is willing, bring him or her to Student Health Services. Call first if possible, 406-657-2153.
- If it is after hours and the student is cooperative, call a friend, family member, or University Police at 406-657-2222.
- If it is after hours or the student is uncooperative, call University Police at 406-657-2222 or 911.
- Becoming involved with the student beyond your levels of expertise or comfort.
- Ignoring comments such as, "won't be a problem much longer," or "Nothing matters; it's no use."
- Being too busy to intervene.
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