University Health and Counseling Services

Preventing Suicide

Normalizing the Conversation - It's Okay To Talk About Suicide

Everybody Struggles

Have you ever wondered how to talk with a friend who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts? You may find this video from the Ad Council: Seize the Awkward campaign with Remi Cruz helpful (2:43): Remi Cruz on Trusting Your Gut | Friendship & Mental Health | Ad Council

At USM Health and Counseling, we are always available to help you if you have questions about a friend or a family member. Our team also offers a variety of suicide prevention and active bystander trainings, which can be tailored to a particular audience or group. For more information about USM's Counseling Services training and outreach programs, please visit here.

Suicide Prevention Online Resources

#BeThe1To Five steps you can take to help someone in suicidal crisis.

Suicide Prevention Guide online guide available through the Center for Collegiate Mental Heath

The Jed Foundation

Maine Suicide Prevention Program

Community Resources 24/7

There are many community resources available to consult for you or someone you care about (some listed above) by calling or utilizing online chat functions 24/7:

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger of harming themselves and/or others, you may also contact emergency services by dialing 911, calling on campus Public Safety at (207)780-5211 or going to your nearest hospital emergency room.

Other Community Organizations

Some community resources are only available until 9pm or midnight, but are supportive for persons who may identify with group(s) that have experienced oppression or marginalization. (You are encouraged to visit the linked websites for hours of availability.) Several of these organizations are listed below: