Suicide Prevention

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Crisis Contact Information

In the event of an urgent or crisis situation with a UTMB student, you may do
any of the following:

  • For emergency situations at any time in which safety is an issue, transport the individual in distress to the nearest emergency facility. Or call the Police or EMS via 911 (on campus use University Police at 21111), or the Galveston County Mental Health Deputies at (409) 766-2324 or 911.
  • During normal working hours (weekdays 8-5) call Student Counseling at (409) 747-9508 to discuss the situation or to arrange for an appointment. You may also come for counseling as a walk-in, and we will arrange for a counselor to see you as soon as possible.

    After hours or on weekends or holidays
    contact the Access Center at 1(800) 917-8906.

  • You may be contacting Student Counseling about yourself, or about a friend. If you are concerned about a friend we hope you will use us as consultants. Let us help you out so that you don't get overwhelmed.
  • There is no such thing as a "dumb" question or request. We would prefer that you contact us for a small matter rather than wait until a serious crisis develops.

What Are The Warning Signs for Suicide?

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's mission is to provide immediate assistance to individuals in suicidal crisis by connecting them to the nearest available suicide prevention and mental health service provider through a toll-free telephone number: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). It is the only national suicide prevention and intervention telephone resource funded by the Federal Government.

The Jed Foundation
This nonprofit public charity is committed to reducing youth suicide and improving the mental health safety net. This site provides info regarding suicide prevention to parents and students and connects to various college counseling centers.

Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
This site is the national strategy for Suicide Prevention and presents info on national and international strategies for suicide prevention. Publications as well as info by state is available.

Grad Resources

National Graduate Student Crisis Line — a toll-free, 24-hour hotline staffed by highly trained phone counselors who understand the unique issues faced by grad students like you.

» SAVE Our Students Suicide Prevention
» A handbook for Survivors of Suicide
» Coming Together to Care A Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Texas Communities
» Medical Student Depression and Suicide


Stories of Hope and Recovery

by SAMHSA's YouTube Channel

Crisis Hotline