Suicide Prevention


Suicide Prevention is EVERYONE’S business

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students. While in college, it is not unusual for a student to encounter challenges which feel overwhelming. Sometimes these challenges leave a person wondering if it is worth continuing to live, as people are usually in unbearable emotional pain and suicide seems like the only solution. Most people who are suicidal want to live but are unable to find another way to cope with their thoughts or feelings. Paying attention to the warning signs can save a life. In fact, over 75 percent of college students will turn to a friend when in distress (Jed Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention). If you, or someone you know, have thoughts of suicide, help is available.


Common Warning Signs of Suicide can be remembered with the phrase “IS PATH WARM”

Thinking or talking about killing oneself
Increased or excessive use of alcohol or other drugs
Feeling a lack of purpose or no reason to live
Uncontrolled anger, rage, or seeking revenge
Feeling there is no way out of the situation
Feeling no hope for the future or like things will not get better
Removing oneself from friends, family and usual activities
Worry, fear, agitation, inability to sleep or excessive sleeping
Engaging in risky activities
Dramatic mood changes-most often depression

Know the resources and how to get help:

Tell the person you care about them and are concerned. Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. Ask them if they have a plan, and bring them to CAPS.

Offer to make an appointment with them.

You can call CAPS during and after business hours at 561-297-3540 and give the phone to the person in distress. Stay with them while they talk on the telephone.

You can call the after-hours line to determine what to do, if needed.

Click here for additional details on emergency services and resources.

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Online Resources:


Lifesaver Training (free to the FAU Community)

The Lifesaver Training Program is a 90 minute live interactive suicide prevention program developed and presented by FAU's CAPS staff. In this training you will receive information about:

  • suicide,
  • clarification of myths vs. facts,
  • signs of risk,
  • and practice on how to approach a person you are concerned about.

Training may be scheduled for groups, upon request. Please contact

You will learn the campus resources available and how to refer to them. We can come to classes, university clubs, and student organizations, and to offices on campus.

RSVP required for the Training by emailing and make request for reasonable accommodations if needed at 561-297-3540, at lease five business days before the event.


You Can Make a Difference

Learn to Recognize Distress and Help a Friend

As college students, you are on the front line of recognizing distress in your peers. Distress can lead to anxiety, depression, poor academic performance, and even a weaker immune system. Being an observant friend and effective listener can have more of a positive influence than you might realize.

Here at FAU, we have adopted "KOGNITO AT RISK FOR STUDENTS" an online training simulation that will assist you to better identify, support, and refer stressed friends to support services on campus. It will help you to have what can be a difficult conversation. You can help a friend who is struggling and create a more supportive and inclusive campus for all.
In research on this program, 92% of college student users said they would recommend the course to their peers

  • Click the button below
  • Create a New Account
  • Use enrollment key: fau561
  • Follow the on-screen instructions
  • Choose your course and click "LAUNCH"
Kognito At-Risk for students

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email


Out of the Darkness Walk

Join us Sunday, March 26 at the Boca Raton campus for a walk to fight suicide. Registration is at 9 a.m. and the walk starts at 10 a.m.

Visit the FAU fundraising page
 Last Modified 2/15/18