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Suicide Prevention Awareness

 Suicide Prevention Awareness at Wabash College 

Emergency and On-Campus Prevention Resources 

Wabash College is committed to increasing awareness of suicide prevention resources. For emergency situations, please call 911 before calling the Counseling Center. Our Counseling Center strives to help students work through mental health challenges. Students may schedule appointments with the College’s Counseling staff directly by calling 765-361-6252 or 765-361-5592, or e-mailing counseling@wabash.edu. Calls to either extension ring directly to the counselors’ cell phones when they are not in the office. For further information, please visit the Wabash College Counseling Center webpage: /studentlife/counseling

Additional Suicide Prevention Resources 

National Hotline: 
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 
National Crisis Text Hotline: 741741 

Indiana State Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) 

Local Hotlines: 
Lafayette Crisis Center/211: 765-742-0244. Assesses callers and refers them to specialists for many types of crisis situations from Suicide, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, Support Groups, and Treatment Facilities. If on another call, the referral specialist will triage the incoming call for seriousness and may make a warm transfer to an appropriate treatment resource. 

Valle Vista Health Systems (Greenwood): 1-800-447-1348. Suicide/emergency assessment; free, in-person assessments; available inpatient and outpatient mental health and care and area referrals. 

Suicide Warning Signs 

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself; 
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself; 
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no purpose; 
  • Talking about feeling trapped or being in unbearable pain; 
  • Talking about being a burden to others; 
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs; 
  • Acting anxious, agitated, or reckless; 
  • Sleeping too little or too much; 
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated; 
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge; 
  • Displaying extreme mood swings; 
  • Giving away belongings; and 
  • Recent initiation of medications to reduce intensity of depressive symptoms 

Mental Health Programs And Outreach Activities 

The awareness of the Counseling Center and its activities begins on the prospective student’s tour of campus. When they arrive on campus as a student for the first time, they will meet the Counselors and hear more about what the Counseling Center has to offer, during New Student Orientation. The Counseling Center also meets with new International Students each year, prior to the start of the school year. In early Fall, the Counselors team up with Democracy Fellows for the Mental Health Dialogues where upperclassmen peers have a conversation around mental health in an effort to normalize mental health challenges and encourage those struggling to seek help as they would do with a physical illness. The Wabash College Counseling Center is unique in that we offer free services to our students and do not limit the number of sessions for students. 

The Counseling Center also engages with upperclassmen leadership. Twice a year at the beginning of each semester, the Counseling Center meets with Fraternity Leaders and Resident Assistants (RAs) during the H.E.L.P. sessions. During these sessions, they talk about when and how to get students to seek help with mental health concerns. 

The Counselors are involved members of the Wabash College Community. They meet weekly with the Student Life team, provide leadership on two college committees, e.g. The Mental Health Concerns Committee and the Wellness Committee. They also meet with New Faculty at the beginning of each academic year. 

Postintervention Plans 

In the event of a confirmed suicide of a student, faculty member, or staff member, the College will make support services readily available and will communicate directly with students, faculty, and staff. The Office of Parent and Alumni Relations will work in conjunction with the College’s Communications office to share information with parents to the extent possible. 

Other Campus Support Services 

The Student Health Center is located on the second floor of the Allen Athletics and Recreation Center. The Student Health Center page provides contact information, office hours, after-hours tips, and other health and wellness resources including access to physicians and the College nurse. 

The Dean of Students office is located in Center Hall 115. Wabash College provides an intensely student-centered culture built on close relationships and personalized attention. 

Additional Resources for Employees 

In addition to the information above including suicide prevention hotlines, warning signs, and post-intervention plans, the College provides all full-time employees access to a Basic Enhanced Employee Assistance Program available through Mutual of Omaha. The plan is available to keep employee concerns confidential and help guide them through difficult situations. It assists employees and their eligible dependents with personal and job-related concerns, including: 

  • Emotional Well-being 
  • Family and relationships 
  • Legal and financial 
  • Healthy lifestyles 
  • Work and life transitions 
  • Stress and resiliency 
  • Depression 
  • Grief 
  • Addictive Behaviors 

Details of the plan are available on the Human Resources page. The toll-free number is 800-316-2796. Behavioral Health coverage is available part of employee health coverage through CIGNA Healthcare