b'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 persons 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, Mental Health Concerns171'