• Suicide Prevention

    Feeling Suicidal?

    Are you or someone you know at risk of suicide? Get the facts and take appropriate action.

    If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, you can get help by contacting New School Counseling Services at 212.229.1671 option 1, or by stopping by the office at 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor; you do not need an appointment and will be attended to immediately. If the office is closed, please call Emergency Medical Services at 911, Nurse Response at 212.229.1671 option 1, or Campus Security at 212.229.7001. If you are a New School student living in an on-campus residence hall, the Resident Assistant (RA) or Resident Hall Director (RHD) on duty may also provide assistance during an emergency.

  • Suicide Prevention Hotlines

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    Phone: 800.273.TALK (8255)

    The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a network of crisis centers dedicated to suicide prevention that are located in communities across the country.

    Trevor Lifeline

    Phone: 866.488.7386

    The Trevor Lifeline is a confidential, toll-free help-line, available 24 hours a day. The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide intervention for LGBTQ youth.

    Crisis Textline

    Text "home" to 741.741

    LIFENET Hotline

    Phone: 800.543.3638
    In Spanish: 877.298.3373
    In Mandarin, Cantonese, and Korean dialects: 877.990.8585

    LIFENET is a confidential, toll-free help-line for anyone living in New York City, operated by the Mental Health Association of New York City in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The hotline's staff of trained mental health professionals help callers find the most appropriate mental health and substance abuse services for their needs.

    LIFENET can assist in a crisis and provide prompt response to callers in urgent need of psychiatric assistance. LIFENET has authorized linkages with 23 mobile crisis teams and Emergency Medical Services.

  • Getting Help

    Be active in seeking professional help. If you are thinking about suicide, it is important that you clearly communicate your thoughts and/or intentions to end your life to someone. Let others know specifically that you are thinking about suicide (e.g., state, "I'm thinking about ending my life"); you may wish that others would notice how bad you are feeling, but this may not be the case. Let someone know you are contemplating suicide even if you are feeling hopeless — give others the opportunity to intervene before it is too late. 

  • Some feelings and thoughts experienced when a person is suicidal

    • Can't stop the pain
    • Can't think clearly
    • Can't make decisions
    • Can't see any way out
    • Can't sleep, eat, or work
    • Can't get out of depression
    • Can't make the sadness go away
    • Can't see a future without pain
    • Can't see themselves as worthwhile
    • Can't get someone's attention
    • Can't seem to get control

    If you experience these feelings, get help! If someone you know exhibits these symptoms, offer help!

    What Are The Warning Signs For Suicide?

    Seek help as soon as possible if you or someone you know exhibits any of the following signs

    • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or talking about wanting to hurt or kill oneself
    • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to firearms, available pills, or other means
    • Talking or writing about death, dying, or suicide when these actions are out of the ordinary for the person
    • Feeling hopeless
    • Feeling rage or uncontrolled anger or seeking revenge
    • Acting reckless or engaging in risky activities—seemingly without thinking
    • Feeling trapped—like there's no way out
    • Increasing alcohol or drug use
    • Withdrawing from friends, family, and society
    • Feeling anxious, agitated, or unable to sleep or sleeping all the time
    • Having dramatic mood changes
    • Seeing no reason for living or having no sense of purpose in life
    • Giving away possessions
    • Posting distressing statuses/posts, messages, photos, videos, links, comments, or hashtags on social media (learn more).

    What to Expect from Treatment

    Once you decide to seek help, clearly communicate your thoughts and feelings to a professional who will determine the level of care needed.

    For New School students who seek assistance at Counseling Services, this may include

    • Emergency follow-up appointments in Counseling
    • Medication evaluation
    • Psychotherapy referral
    • Hospital assessment

    It is important that you follow-up on treatment. If medication is prescribed, take it exactly as prescribed.

    Ways to be Helpful to Someone Threatening Suicide

    • Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
    • Be willing to listen. Allow expressions of feelings. Accept the feelings.
    • Be non-judgmental. Don't debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don't lecture on the value of life.
    • Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
    • Don't dare them to do it.
    • Don't act shocked. This will put distance between you.
    • Don't be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
    • Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
    • Take action. Remove means, such as guns or stockpiled pills.
    • Get help from Counseling Services on campus, or persons/agencies specializing in crisis intervention and suicide prevention.

    Be Aware of the Facts

    • Suicide occurs across ethnic, economic, social and age boundaries.
    • Suicide is preventable. Most suicidal people desperately want to live; they are just unable to see alternatives to their problems.
    • Most suicidal people give definite warning signals of their suicidal intentions, but others are often unaware of the significance of these warnings or unsure what to do about them.
    • Talking about suicide does not cause someone to become suicidal. 

    SafeTALK Training

    SafeTALK is a three-hour training program developed by LivingWorks Education that is offered at least once a semester to the New School community. SafeTALK teaches participants to recognize and engage with people who might be having thoughts of suicide and to connect them with community resources trained in suicide intervention. After training, participants in the SafeTALK program should be able to:

    • Challenge attitudes that inhibit open talk about suicide
    • Recognize a person who might be having thoughts of suicide
    • Engage them in direct and open talk about suicide
    • Listen to the person’s feelings about suicide to show that they are taken seriously
    • Move quickly to connect them with someone trained in suicide intervention

    Please contact Student Health Services or look for announcements about our next safeTALK training.

  • Please note

    The information above is not intended as a substitute for contact with a mental health professional. Inevitably, some of the information represents opinion. If you read information that raises concerns or questions, we invite you to come in to Counseling Services at 80 Fifth Avenue, 3rd floor, call us at 212.229.1671, option 1. For non-urgent questions, you can email Student Health Services at SHS@newschool.edu or our Student Support and Crisis Management team at studentsupport@newschool.edu

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