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;
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:
- Missouri Campus Communities that Care at wellness.missouri.edu/Suicide or
- Ulifeline.org, 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.