The Suicidal Student

Anyone can act to help someone through a moment of crisis. If you are concerned a student is thinking about suicide, there are ways to help.

If you are concerned that someone is thinking about dying by suicide, asking them about their thoughts of suicide will not increase the likelihood that they will act.

High Risk Indicators Include:
  • Previous suicide attempts
  • Death by suicide of a family member or friend
  • Access to a gun
  • Talking about a plan
  • Hopelessness
  • Giving away important possessions
  • Hinting about suicide
  • Talking directly about suicide

Faculty and staff concerned about a student are encouraged to talk to the student directly and may make a student care referral.

Need help now? 

Students experiencing urgent needs and/or crises may call 785-864-2277 or walk into the CAPS office on the second floor of Watkins Health Center during regular business hours Monday – Friday 8 – 5 pm during the school year or 8-4:30 during academic breaks and request to be seen that day for urgent needs.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) staff are available to consult with faculty and staff who may have concerns about a student or about a particular situation. CAPS may be reached at 785-864-CAPS and is open

  • Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • During school breaks: Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Want to learn more about to help someone who may be at risk of suicide:

CAPS Outreach offers Campus Connect: A Suicide Prevention Training for Gatekeepers to faculty and staff groups.

Additional trainings on Suicide intervention are available through the Kansas Suicide Prevention Headquarters online and in person: