Suicide prevention information for young adults

Friday, December 18, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CST; updated 1:05 p.m. CST, Friday, December 18, 2009

*CLARIFICATION: MU Health Care operates a 24-hour crisis hot line at 800-395-2132. The MU Student Health Center offers 24-hour consultations by phone, but does not operate a crisis hot line.

COLUMBIA — According to the Jed Foundation, suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students.  

The New York-based foundation, aimed at reducing the suicide rate for college students, states that 18- to 24-year-olds think about suicide more often than any other age group, and one in 12 U.S. college students makes a suicide plan.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, more than 90 percent of people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder — most commonly a depressive disorder or a substance abuse disorder.

Some warning signs of suicidal feelings, thoughts or behavior include:

  • changes in eating and sleeping habits;
  • loss of interest in usual activities;
  • withdrawal from friends and family members; and
  • alcohol and drug use.

If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide, please call one of the following 24-hour crisis hot lines:

  • MU Counseling Center: 882-6601
  • MU Health Care: 800-395-2132*

For more information on suicide prevention and dealing with tragedy, go to:

  •, a resource that includes a mental health library, drug database, crisis center information, individual campus health service information and information on how to help a friend.

— Resources compiled from the MU Wellness Resource Center and MU Health Care Web sites.

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