Emergencies

Prevent Suicide

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If you're watching 13 Reasons Why, please keep in mind that the show raises serious concerns about the way suicide is portrayed, such as glamorizing and romanticizing suicide. The series revolves around a high school student who completes suicide after experiencing a series of demoralizing events. The series can cause viewers to feel distressed, particularly those who have experienced trauma or who have lived through the suicide of a loved one.

Here are 13 things we want you to know if you are watching this program:

  1. Watch the show with others.
  2. Limit viewing to 1-2 episodes at a time. Don't binge watch.
  3. Talk about the show when you're done watching.
  4. No one person ever causes someone's suicide.
  5. Attempting suicide is not a typical response to adversity.
  6. Unlike the show, competent, caring and licensed counselors are available to help. They are available on campus at the Counseling Center, as well as Student Outreach and Support and Victim Advocacy.
  7. Suicide will not give you revenge or the last word.
  8. It's okay to ask a person directly if they are contemplating suicide. Asking will not make them suicidal.
  9. If you think someone is considering suicide, ask these key questions:
    • Are you thinking of hurting or killing yourself?
    •  Do you have a plan?
    • Do you have the means?
    • Have you done something to hurt yourself?
  10. If you or someone you know is experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or University Police 813-974-2628
  11. If you or someone you know is experiencing a personal or emotional crisis, please call 813-974-2831 (24-hour number) to speak with an on-call counselor.
  12. Walk in to the Counseling Center during business hours for an urgent appointment at SVC 2124.
  13. If additional support and follow-up is needed, you can file a Student of Concern Referral here.

For a complete list of ways to talk about 13 REASONS WHY, click here.

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Suicide is a leading cause of death among college students and it is preventable.  There are many things that you can do to reduce the risk of suicide.