The following links provide some very good information about preventing suicide, warning signs and how to access help, but no web search can be a substitute for getting help from a caring trained professional. This is true whether you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be. The CSS counselors are available to consult with all students, faculty, and staff at Everett Community College to help consider the best ways to assist someone who is distressed, given the uniqueness of each person and their circumstances.
That said, here are some Web sites we trust to provide thought and accurate guidance to those concerned about suicidal feelings and behaviors.
The Jed Foundation
This site includes lots of resources specifically developed for a college population. The Jed Foundation includes self evaluations, links to other resources, including links back to the Everett CC site.
Suicide: Read This First
This is an excellent resource for persons experiencing suicidal thoughts. It is a compelling, well-written site that offers a variety of alternatives to suicide and strategies for increasing effective coping.
American Association of Suicidology
An organization of persons focused on suicide including researchers, clinicians, preventionists, crisis workers and survivors of suicide.This site provides statistics, basic information on how to intervene with a suicidal person, and phone numbers for local agencies.
Concern about the possibility of suicide is understandable on any college campus. We know that suicide is the second highest cause of death (following accidents) nationally for people in the college age group. To continue the work of making Puget Sound as safe an environment as possible, we need for suicide prevention to be everyone's responsibility. None of us can see and hear all that goes on around us, so we all have to be alert to signs of distress in others.