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Suicide Facts and Prevention Resources

Suicide ranks as the 2nd leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds, the 7th leading cause of death in West Virginia and the 10th leading cause of death in the United States of America.

If you or someone you know is experiencing these signs or symptoms, please contact the WU Counseling Center at 304-243-2081 or stop by the office in Donahue 340 Monday through Friday from 8:30am-4:30pm. If it is after hours, please contact Campus Safety at 304-243-2486 or dial 911.

Additional 24 hour support is available by calling the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

All suicidal threats or attempts need to be taken seriously.

During an emergency, please dial 911 for immediate assistance.

Warning Signs

  • Threatening to hurt or kill oneself
  • Talking of wanting to hurt or kill oneself
  • Looking for ways to kill oneself by seeking access to lethal means (firearms, pills, or other means)
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or suicide, when these actions are out of the ordinary
  • Increased substance (alcohol or drug) use
  • Hopelessness, no reason for living, no sense of purpose
  • Withdrawal from friends, family, community/society
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Rage, uncontrolled anger
  • Anxiety, agitation, inability to sleep or sleeping all the time
  • Reckless behavior or more risky activities, seemingly without thinking
  • Feelings of being trapped – like there’s no way out
  • Giving away of prized possessions or seeking long-term care for pets