Many people have had thoughts of suicide at some point in their life. For many it is a passing thought that may be related to a stressful period. For some, these thoughts persist and can cause great distress. Suicidal thoughts are most likely a symptom of depression and can be exacerbated by overwhelming stress. Sometimes suicidal thoughts are activated by alcohol and drug use, which can lead to self destructive acts when under the influence of a substance. Whatever the cause, a person who is having suicidal thoughts must seek professional help.

Suicide on campus - A short documentary film by Deirdre Fischel made for The New York Times Magazine.

If you are feeling suicidal, seek professional help immediately.

If someone you know indicates s/he is suicidal, remember:

How therapy helps:

In summary, counseling can help reduce and eliminate suicidal thinking. Although people often feel hopeless or embarrassed when suicidal, they must trust that counseling can help them. If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the Counseling Center today.

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Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is dedicated to promoting the psychological health of students at Marquette University. We offer mental health services to be able to respond to the emotional and career exploration needs of undergraduate, graduate and professional college students, and the prevention resources to reinforce healthy development.