IF YOU BELIEVE A FACULTY OR STAFF MEMBER IS SUICIDAL:
Crisis: In an immediate emergency situation in which an employee poses a direct threat to themselves or others contact University Police immediately at (678) 839-6000 if on campus or 911 if off campus and allow them to transport the person to the nearest Emergency Room. They are trained to supervise an individual who could harm self or others.
Non-Crisis: If you are concerned about a faculty or staff person but need assistance in assessing the degree of risk, you may call:
Patient/Victim Advocate at Health Services at 678-839-0641/5338 (if no answer at either number call the main line at 678-839-6452 and tell the receptionist you have an emergency and need to speak to a Patient Advocate).
Tanner Employee Assistance at (770) 834-8327 between 8:30am and 5:00pm. More information about Tanner EAP is online at: http://www.tanner.org/Main/EmployeeAssistance.aspx
- Counseling & Career Development Center at 678-839-6428 and ask to speak to a counselor.
While it’s not a typically discussed topic, suicide is a more common issue than many like to think. Suicide is currently the 8th leading cause of death in the United States, and there are more deaths worldwide due to suicide than to accidents, homicides and war combined. Moreover, suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among college students and the 3rd leading cause of death among all youth, 15-24 years old. In the US, only accidents and homicides claim more lives.
Suicide attempts are estimated to be made once every minute in the US.
Because suicide is a prevalent issue with devastating effects, prevention efforts are significant, especially on a college campus. This webpage is intended to be utilized for suicide prevention and is a resource in the unfortunate event that a suicide occurs at UWG.
Sources: Mental Health America; American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Suicide Warning Signs
How to Help
Coping With Suicide (pdf)
Stages of Grief (pdf)
Responding to Distress (doc)