September 13, 2018

EAP offers resources for Suicide Prevention Awareness

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month.  The goals of this campaign are: 1) to promote awareness of signs that a person is struggling with suicidal thoughts; 2) to educate the public about ways to talk about suicide without increasing the risk of harm; and 3) to inform the community about available resources. 

While not every person with depression has suicidal thoughts, those with suicidal thoughts are usually experiencing severe depression, anxiety, loss, or acute stress.  Considering suicide is not a sign of weakness, but it is a clear indicator of how much pain a person is experiencing.  It is not your role to diagnosis the cause or fix the problem, but you can help the person find support and resources.

Work/Life Connections – EAP has collected a list of Vanderbilt and community resources to assist you in learning more about how to identify and help those who may be contemplating or talking about plans to harm themselves.  If someone is in immediate danger, it is best to find immediate help by calling 9-1-1 or by taking them to the nearest hospital emergency department. 

1.  Learn more about the warning signs and risk factors from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center   

2.  The Kognito-At-Risk training helps faculty and staff learn to recognize signs of psychological distress in young people.  The information, however, can apply to anyone.  

3.  Read the article by Work/Life Connections – EAP, entitled, “What Do I Say When Someone is Talking about Suicide?”

4.  Vanderbilt employees can all Work/Life Connections-EAP for a confidential appointment or consultation.  (615)936-1327.

5.  If you are not a Vanderbilt employee, you can call one of the following for more information or support:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:   1-800-272-8255

United Way of Middle Tennessee Crisis Help Line:  211 or 615-244-7444


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