Suicide Prevention

If You’re Having Thoughts of Suicide

The Colonial Health Center (CHC) understands that suicide can affect anyone, at anytime, for any reason. We also believe suicide is preventable. If you are thinking about suicide call us now - 202-994-5300 (press option 2). We have counselors available 24 hours a day, everyday.  

If you or someone you know is an imminent danger to themselves or someone else and you are on campus, call the University Police Department by dialing 202-994-6111 or, if you are off campus, call 911 or go to the nearest Emergency Room.

The Colonial Health Center Suicide Prevention and Intervention Philosophy

The CHC is committed to preventing suicide and self-harming behaviors in our community. If you are concerned that a GW student may be suicidal or if they exhibit any of the suicide risk factors (see below), please call 202-994-5300 and ask to speak to a counselor (or press 2 after-hours) who can help guide you on how to address your concern. You can also consider submitting a CARE Report.

There’s no single cause for suicide. Suicide most often occurs when stressors exceed a person’s current coping abilities. Those who experience feeling suicidal may exhibit the following:

Suicide Risk Factors