If this is an emergency, call 911 immediately. If you or someone you know needs further assistance, please utilize the below bystander guide as well as community resources. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255

National Crisis Textline: Text "hello" to 741-741

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

The Office of Student Counseling & Wellness Services (SC&WS) will be hosting virtual events as well as providing data, resources, and statistics on-campus during the month of September in recognition of National Suicide Prevention Month (NSPM).

This is the 5th year SC&WS has recognized National Suicide Prevention efforts, which helps raise awareness about suicide prevention and mental health.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, death by suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for ages 15-34. We want students, faculty, and staff to know it is OK to Start A Conversation about suicide and mental health, it is OK to ask for help, help is out there.

The focus of this initiative will be to promote mental health awareness, education, and prevention. SC&WS plans to disseminate facts on Suicide Prevention and available resources, to include emergency resources in a reasonable and interesting format in which no active participation is necessary.

Book Display

The University Library (Central Academic Building, Room 202) will display a variety of recommended readings on the topics of mental illness, suicide and recovery both in-person and virtually. Visit for more information.

Virtual Shoe Display

Every day in the U.S. there are 132 deaths by suicide. Each death is recognized by a pair of civilian shoes in this virtual display. Visit to learn more.

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Start a Conversation: Asking About Mental Health Saves Lives

Date: September 29 at 10am - R.S.V.P.

Location: Webex Technologies 

The Office of Student Counseling & Wellness Services (SC&WS) provides a robust 90-minute workshop focused on suicide prevention and intervention for students, faculty, and staff. This workshop teaches individuals 3 simple steps (Question, Persuade, and Refer (QPR)) that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Individuals attending this training will learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis as well as how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Attendees will receive community and emergency mental health resources to include a brief introduction to ComPsych Guidance from our A&M-SA Human Resources. 

Start a Conversation: Asking About Mental Health Saves Lives

Based on the topic and the desire to have more trained Suicide Prevention Gatekeepers, SC&WS does invite community entities to contact our office for more information (210) 784-1331 and/or R.S.V.P. for one of our workshops. SC&WS does prioritize students, faculty and staff; therefore, community entities may not receive all of the training materials.

What's the purpose of this training? Learn warning signs - indirect and direct verbal and behavioral clues. Learn common causes of suicidal thinking and feeling. Explore research studies and statistics. Discuss common myths and misperceptionss. Learn 3 simple things you can do to avert a suicide attempt and maybe save a life. 

How long does the training take? SC&WS maximizes 90 minutes to present, discuss and role play situational scenarios until participants feel comfortable with the material.

Social Media

Follow us on Instagram for more Suicide Prevention resources. Social Media posts during the month of September will include suicide warning signs, statistics, facts, tips on how to help, and emergency resources. Check it out!


Be an Active Bystander

Please take the time to review a short 5 minute video that highlights the warning signs of suicide, how to directly ask someone if they are thinking about suicide, and how to get a loved one to the appropriate help. This initiative is a result of a new Texas State law which requires that suicide prevention and mental health information be shared with all entering college students.

There's an APP for that! Please checkout the below smart phone apps that may aid you in finding emergency resources as well as practicing healthy coping skills.

Mental health applications for your smart phone

There's a Smart Phone App that can help!

Mental Health American of Texas Texas Veterans App Mental Health U
MY3 The Jason Foundation Suicide Safe (SAMHSA)
Virtual Hope Box

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