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Authors

  1. Sise, C. Beth JD, MSN, RN
  2. Smith, Alan M. PhD, MPH
  3. Skiljan, Carol L. AA
  4. Sack, Daniel I. BA
  5. Rivera, Luan Burman MA
  6. Sise, Michael J. MD
  7. Osler, Turner M. MD

Abstract

Purpose: We evaluated the utility and acceptability of an informational magnet to prevent college student suicide by raising awareness of warning signs and counseling services.

 

Methods: A total of 708 (97%) of 729 entering freshmen at a public university completed a survey of suicidal behavior, help-seeking, and willingness to use a magnet inscribed with suicide warning signs and 2 prevention services to call for support.

 

Results: Twenty-two percent reported they or someone they knew seriously considered or attempted suicide in the last 6 months; 59% were likely to visibly display the magnet; and 63% would call the listed services if someone they knew was depressed or had suicidal thoughts. When provided scenarios of a friend with a given suicide warning sign, students expressed a clear hierarchy of alarm.

 

Conclusions: A majority of students were willing to use a magnet displaying suicide warning signs and prevention services, and to apply this information to assist a suicidal peer.