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Counseling Services

The Suicide Prevention Task Force (SPTF) functions as a multi-disciplinary collaborative, combining representatives from different departments across GSW’s campus. Training, activities, and education are provided throughout our campus community to increase awareness of the signs, symptoms of suicide risk, prevention and early intervention best-practices.

Suicide affects millions of people each year. While there is no single cause to suicide, it most often occurs when stressors exceed current coping abilities of someone suffering from a mental health condition. Fortunately, suicide is preventable, and everyone can play a role in suicide prevention.

We Can All Prevent Suicide

Understanding the issues concerning suicide and mental health is an important way to take part in suicide prevention, help others in crisis, and change the conversation around suicide.

Hope Can Happen

Suicide is not inevitable for anyone. By starting the conversation, providing support, and directing help to those who need it, we can prevent suicides and save lives. 

We Can All Take Action

Evidence shows that providing support services, talking about suicide, reducing access to means of self-harm, and following up with loved ones are just some of the actions we can all take to help others.

Crisis Centers Are Critical

By offering immediate counseling to everyone that may need it, local crisis centers provide invaluable support at critical times and connect individuals to local services.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts and need to talk to a crisis counselor there are several options:

  • GSW Health and Counseling Center: (229)931-2708
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: (800) 273-8255
  • For life-threatening emergencies, dial 911

What You Can Do To Help

If you are suffering an emotional or suicidal crisis, we want you to know that there is hope and help is available to you. Read below for strategies and tips to keep yourself safe and steps you can take right now to get yourself back on track and living mentally well.

In An Emergency Or Crisis

  • If you have tried to hurt yourself or have recently attempted, get help immediately by calling 911.
  • If you are not hurt, have a friend help you get to the emergency room. 
  • If you are having suicidal thoughts and need to talk to a crisis counselor there are several options: listed above. 

Remove Access to Lethal Means

If you’re having suicidal thoughts, get rid of any potential item that could be harmful like knives, firearms or medications. Ask a friend or family member to store your medications until you feel better. If you own a firearm, store it in a safe or lock box and ask a friend of family member to hold onto the key for you.

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