Helping A Suicidal Friend

Know the Signs of Suicide (S.O.S):
  • Previous suicide attempts, especially ones that lead to a hospital visit
  • Currently talking or thinking about suicide
  • Feeling hopeless or seeing no other options
  • Abusing alcohol or drugs
  • Experiencing recent losses or relationship problems 

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people. These are only a few of the possible warning signs. If you have questions regarding other possible signs of suicide, please call the Counseling Center for assistance.


ACKNOWLEDGE the signs of suicide in a friend.
Let the friend know that you CARE.
TELL someone who can help.

Help is Available

Call UAPD (348-5454) or the Counseling Center (348-3863). You may also text BAMA to 741-741 to text with a trained volunteer.

Other Resources:

UA's Suicide Awareness Week

Ask, Listen, Refer (30-minute suicide prevention training program)

Reporting Threats to Safety at UA

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Birmingham Area Crisis Center

LGBTQ+: (866) 488-7386

Veterans: (800) 273-8255, then press 1

Alabama Poison Control Center: (800) 462-0800

Promoting the wellness of our students, friends, families, co-workers, and fellow citizens and helping prevent suicide is every person's responsibility. Do your part and in two short hours learn the warning signs for suicide and the three simple skills of how to intervene and save someone's life who is suicidal. To sign up for a free QPR Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention for your department or individually or if you have any questions about QPR, please contact the Counseling Center at 348-3863. You can also request this training online here.