MSU CARE Program

Resources for Faculty, Staff and Parents

Depressed Suicidal Overanxious Grieving Self-Injury
Disruptive Aggressive Threatening Eating Problems Bipolar
Irrational Under the Influence Stalking Relationship Violence Sexual Assault
*All linked information from the Reaching Out Handbook: Resources for Responding to Students in Distress used with permission from Boise State University's Health Services.




It is important to regard all suicidal comments as serious.  Watching for some of the following behaviors will offer clues on the student's frame of mind.  If a student exhibits any of the symptoms below, refer her or him to Counseling and Psychological Services immediately for assessment.

  • withdrawal from friends and family
  • expression of extreme hopelessness or guilt
  • sudden mood or behavior changes
  • giving possessions away
  • comments that life isn't worth the trouble
  • recurrent thoughts or statements about suicide




  •  Be confident, caring, and prepared to provide information about available student resources.
  •  Becoming involved with the student beyond your levels of expertise or comfort.
  •  If you have an intuition that something is wrong with the student, call Counseling and Psychological Services for consultation with professional staff.
  •  Ignoring comments such as, "won't be a problem much longer," or "Nothing matters; it's no use."
  •  If you believe there is imminent danger, and the student is willing, bring him or her to Counseling and Psychological Services.  Call first if possible, 406-994-4531.
  •  Being too busy to intervene.
  •  If it is after hours and the student is cooperative, call a friend, family member, or 911.
  •  If it is after hours or the student is uncooperative, call 911.

If there is immediate risk to life or property, call 911.