Suicide Prevention Week










Counseling Center Staff, Paraprofessionals, and Illinois Student Sentators during 2016 Suicide Prevention Week.

Suicide Prevention Week

At Illinois, we care about our students, and we understand that college can be a difficult time for some. According to Emory University's School of Public Health, 10 percent of college students have made a plan for suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Americans aged 15-24. It's our goal to educate our campus about resources that are available for those who are struggling. National Suicide Prevention Week is September 11-15, 2017. To raise awareness about suicide prevention, we'll be doing a variety of programming throughout the week.  

Lunch Discussions (food provided!)

Counseling Center staff will be showing a short video, "It's Real: College Students and Mental Health," produced by the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. They'll then be leading a discussion on what we can do to create a campus of caring and connect those who are struggling to resources.

  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 12 p.m., Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada, Urbana
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 12 p.m., Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, 51 E. Gregory, Champaign

Awareness Events (games, prizes, art therapy, selfie stations, and snacks!)

  • Monday, September 11, 2017, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Student Dining and Residential Programs Building (SDRP)
  • Tuesday, September 12, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Engineering Quad and Grainger Library
  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Undergraduate Library
  • Thursday, September 14, 2017, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Soul at PAR/FAR
  • Friday, September 15, 2017, fron 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Illini Union Anniversary Plaza

Kognito At-Risk

We encourage students, faculty/staff, and campus partners to take the Kognito At-Risk online, interactive training. This simulation teaches you how to recognize warning signs of distress and how to connect those who may be struggling to appropriate campus resources. You can take this training here

What to Do in an Emergency

  • If suicide is imminent, contact the Police Department immediately or Suicide Prevention Team at the Counseling Center at 217-333-3704 (TTY: 217-244-9146)  during the office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).
  • Any individual (friend, relative, faculty, residence hall staff) can notify the Suicide Prevention Team, 217-333-3704, if a student they know makes a suicidal threat or attempt and is no longer in imminent danger.
  • The suicide incident referral form can be completed here.
  • Information about University of Illinois Suicide Prevention Policy

Additional Resources

University of Illinois Counseling Center's Frequently Asked Questions

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology

Jed Foundation

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Trevor Project (prevention information for LGBTQ youth)

McKinley Health Center Mental Health Clinic