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Suicide

SUICIDE

Suicide Attempt in College:

  • Calm suicidal person
  • Call 439-6385 to notify Administration of the incident
  • Try to isolate suicidal person from other students
  • Stay with person until counselor/suicide intervention arrives. Do not leave suicidal person alone
  • Notify College psychologist/counselor and other qualified personnel
  • The College Incident Commander or designee notifies family members if suicidal person is student
  • Determine method of notifying staff, students and family members and debrief incident with staff
  • VP of Student Affairs will activate District’s CISM to implement post-incident intervention if necessary
  • The College Incident Commander may schedule a meeting with family members and College psychologist/counselor to determine course of action

Suicidal Death/Serious Injury:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Call 439-6385 to notify Administration of the incident
  • The College Incident Commander or designee activates Crisis Management Team
  • Notify staff in advance of next College day following suicide or attempted suicide
  • Determine method of notifying students and family members and do not mention “suicide” or details about death in notification
  • The College Incident Commander or designee notifies family members if suicidal person is student
  • Do not hold memorials or make death appear heroic
  • Protect privacy of family
  • Implement post debrief intervention

Intervention:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Call 439-6385 to notify Administration of the incident
  • Meet with College counseling staff and other qualified mental health personnel to determine level of intervention for staff and students
  • Designate rooms as private counseling areas
  • Escort siblings, close friends, and other “highly stressed” students to counselors
  • Assess stress level of staff and recommend counseling to overly stressed staff
  • Refer media to Director of College Communication and do not let media question students or staff
  • Follow-up with students and staff who received counseling
  • Resume normal routines as soon as possible