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If you are concerned that you or a friend is at risk for suicide, please call our office at (309) 438-3655 and ask to speak to someone immediately. If it is after hours and you are in the Bloomington/Normal area please contact PATH at 309-827-4005 or 1-800-570-7284 or by dialing 2-1-1. If you are not at Illinois State University, seek help at a local hospital emergency room, call a local crisis hotline or contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Struggling with suicidal thoughts/feelings yourself

If you have been having suicidal thoughts, we urge you to call SCS and talk with one of our counselors. Untreated depression is a major cause of suicidal thoughts. There are treatments that can help you feel much more hopeful about your situation. If you are not yet ready to take that step, confide in a trusted friend or family member, or check out one of the web sites listed at the bottom of this page.

What to do if a loved one is suicidal

If you are concerned about a friend or family member’s suicide potential know that you can always call Student Counseling Services at (309) 438-3655 to consult about the situation. Our counselors will be happy to explore the circumstances with you and give you suggestions about what steps to take next.

Losing someone to suicide

Losing a friend or family member to suicide and the grief that comes with it can be a painful and shattering experience that is difficult to work through. Making an appointment with an SCS counselor about your loss might help you deal with the range of emotions you are feeling.

Help Lines


  • Half of Us - An online resource for college students on mental health related topics provided by mtvU and the Jed Foundation.
  • Jed Foundation - An online resource for the prevention of suicide and reduction of emotional distress.
  • ULifeline - An online resource for college students on mental health related topics, including “Go Ask Alice!”, libraries for mental health and drug information, and mental health screenings.
  • American Psychological Association - The American Psychological Association provides self-help resources to people looking for information that may be directly applicable to their lives and offers help with a variety difficulties.
  • Real Men Real Depression - An online resource for men about depression and its treatment.

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