How to Help
You can make a difference by knowing how to C.A.R.E. Use the following steps and reach out to someone who may be at risk.
- Speak to the person in private
- Be Specific
- “I’ve noticed you haven’t been around — what’s going on?”
- “You seem down lately, can I do something to help?”
- Offer emotional support. Listen more than talk. Be mindful that your body language shows you’re listening. Maintain eye contact.
- Ask open-ended questions
- “I’ve noticed you’ve been a little ‘off’ lately, what’s going on?”
- Ask the most important question directly without passing judgment
- “Have you ever thought of suicide?”
- “Are you thinking of killing yourself?”
- DO NOT Ask: “You wouldn’t kill yourself, would you?” as this may discourage open communication and an honest answer.
Refer to Resources
Resources to Support Students:
|University Counseling Center (24/7)
||(850) 644-TALK (8255)
|Dean of Students Department/Case Managers
|Victim Advocate Program
|University Health Services
Resources to Support Faculty and Staff:
|Faculty/Employee Assistance Program
|FSU Police Department
- Support the person by helping them connect to a resource (e.g. contacting the University Counseling Center or walking with them to the Counseling Center).
- If the person resists help:
- Listen to their reasons and encourage them to try
- If the person is in immediate danger to self or others:
- Call 911 or FSU Police at (850) 644-1234
- If you aren’t sure what to do:
- Contact campus resources
- The University Counseling Center (850) 644-TALK (8255)
- The Dean of Students Department (850) 644–2428