Suicide Prevention

National Statistics

  • Suicide is the #2 leading cause of death for college students
  • Approximately 1,100 suicides on college campuses per year
  • 25% know of someone who has died as a result of suicide
  • 40% know of someone who has attempted
  • 0.6% of those 18 years and older attempted suicide. 7.5% of those 18-25 seriously considered suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2013)
  • 4.0% of the adult U.S. population reported having suicidal thoughts in the past year. 8.8% of those 18- to 25-year-olds seriously considered suicide, 2.9% of those 18- to 25-year-olds made a plan, and 1.8% of 18- to 25-year-olds attempted. (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2016)

It is the second most common cause of death among college students. The college environment can be stressful. Many students experience interrupted sleep, eating, or exercise patterns. Combined with anxiety, depression, and other mental issues, the experience can be overwhelming.

If you are feeling suicidal, please reach out for help!
988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: dial 988

Risk Factors for Suicide

  • A traumatic or stressful life event
  • Prior suicide attempt
  • Feeling isolated or lacking support
  • Impulse issues
  • Substance abuse 
  • Poor coping skills
  • Access to a suicide method

Warning Signs in College Students

  • Academic issues
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Withdrawal
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Disregard for appearance
  • Increased substance use/abuse
  • Increased risk taking

If someone you know is experiencing any of these warning signs for suicide -- ASK THEM! If you are unsure of where to turn, please contact the Office of Student Support at (615) 230-3477 or visit us in the Wood Campus Center 217 to talk. We have resources available to help you.


Vol State Prevention Plan

View Vol State's Suicide Prevention Plan and Protocol