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Counseling Center


At some point, thoughts of ending it all- the disappointments, problems, and bad feelings- may cross your mind. This experience isn’t unusual, but if the idea of taking your life persists or intensifies, you should respond as you would to other warning signs of potential threats to your life- by getting the help you need.

Talk to a health professional. If you have a therapist, call him or her immediately. If not, call a suicide hotline and/or access campus resources:
Saratoga Suicide Hotline 518-584-9030

USA National Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) OR 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

     The Counseling Center 518-580-5555

           Campus Safety 518-580-5566

  • Find someone you can trust and talk to honestly about what you’re feeling. If you suffer from depression or another mental health issue, educate trusted friends or relatives about your condition so they are prepared if you need help.
  • Write down your more positive thoughts. A simple record of your hopes for the future and the people you value in your life can remind you of why you want to continue your own life.
  • Avoid drugs and alcohol. Most suicide attempts are the result of sudden, uncontrollable impulses. Drugs and alcohol can make it harder to resist these destructive urges.
  • Go to the hospital. Hospitalization can sometimes be the best way to protect your health and safety.

 If you are worried about a friend, look for these warning signs:

  • Talking about suicide
  • Making statements about feeling hopeless, helpless, or worthless
  • A preoccupation with death
  • A sudden mood change leaving the person happier or calmer
  • Loss of interest in the things one cares about
  • Visiting or calling loved ones to say good-bye
  • Making arrangements; setting things in order
  • Giving things away

If any of these warning signs are apparent:

  • Ask your friend if they are thinking about suicide
  • Encourage your friend to talk and ask concerned, respectful questions
  • Actively listen and show your friend you care and take their feelings seriously
  • Suggest solutions or alternatives and reasons to live
  • Try to instill hope that things can change for the better
  • Take their threats seriously.
  • Get help from an outside resource like the Counseling Center a friend or relative, a professor that you trust, or an RA in you residence hall.

Helping someone cope with suicidal thoughts is a stressful and scary experience. Remember to take care of yourself while helping a friend access treatment. If you need advice on how to help a friend or need someone to talk to, you can make an appointment at the Counseling Center by stopping by the office on the first floor of Jonsson Tower or calling 518-580-5555. 

College Suicide Prevention Guidebook