I had a resident on my floor attempt suicide about half way through the fall semester of this year. One thing that is very important to do is to talk to the residents that are involved. They may feel “weird” when it comes to daily interactions with the suicidal resident. I have had to deal with suicide on a first hand basis and people get caught up on what to say and what to do. They don’t know if it is right to ask questions and if they should even approach that person at all, about anything. It is important to offer these students resources (ie psychological services) or after words do some sort of program on depression/suicide, or even just a bulletin board about basic facts of suicide and depression. Thanks

Kimberly C, RA
University of Nevada Las Vegas.

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