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Mental Health Concerns
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some strategies for preventing suicide among 18-24 year olds
in non-campus settings.
.. Suicidal thoughts can occur when a path leading to a
tolerable existence does not appear to be available. During
the crisis, a person’s coping mechanisms are suspended. The
rise in energy during the crisis, although signified by
emotional turmoil, also can lead to the information, insight,
and motivation necessary to resolve the conflict.
Some students who consider suicide have a mental illness
and some do not and a percentage of fatalities and attempts
may be impulsive. Students who are vulnerable to suicidal
states may be more at risk during college years. Away from
home, isolated from familiar support systems and
experiencing pressure to perform some students may
become overwhelmed and begin to feel hopeless.
Individuals are more at risk for suicide if there is a history of
suicidal behavior or untreated mental illness, if they have a
specific plan for suicide or are abusing alcohol or drugs. Any
threats of suicide must be taken seriously.
The American Association of Suicidology (AAS) lists the
following as warning signs of acute risk:
Threatening to hurt or kill him or herself, or talking of
wanting to hurt or kill him/herself; and/or,