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

 

 

Crisis Hotlines and Resources

Suicide Prevention

National Suicide Prevention

CrisisLink - 800-SUICIDE (784-2433) (24 hours) or (703) 527-4077

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 800-273-TALK (8255)

Veterans Crisis Line - 800-273-8255 (press 1)

District of Columbia Suicide Prevention

Access HelpLine - 888-7WE-HELP (888-793-4357)

Maryland Suicide Prevention

Maryland Youth Crisis Hotline - 800-422-0009

Montgomery County Crisis Center - 240-777-4000

Prince George's County Community Crisis Services, Inc - 301-864-7130

Physical and Sexual Abuse

House of Ruth - 202-667-7001 ext 515

My Sister's Place - 202-529-5991

Childhelp - National Child Abuse Hotline - 800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)

DC Child Abuse Hotline - 202-671-SAFE (7223)

DC Elder & Disabled Adult Abuse Hotline - 202-541-3950

Prince George's County Maryland Domestic Violence Crisis Center - 301-731-1203

 

Domestic Violence Shelters

House of Ruth - 202-667-7001 x515

My Sister's Place - 202-529-5991

Bethany House - 703-658-9500

Rape/Sexual Assault

Victims of Crime Assistance

GW Police Department Victims' Services - 202-994-6110

National Organization for Victim Assistance - 800-879-6682 (M-F: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT)

DC Office of Victim Services - 202-727-3934 (M-F: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT)

Alexandria Virginia Victim Witness Assistance Program - 703-746-4100 (M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT)

Arlington County Virginia Victim/Witness Program - 703-228-4410 (M-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EDT)

Maryland Attorney General Victim Services - 888-743-0023

Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center - 301-952-0063

LGBTQIA+ Community Services

GW LGBT Resource Center - 202-994-4568

Whitman-Walker Health Clinic - 202-745-7000

GLBT National Help Center - 888-843-4564 (M-F: 4 p.m. - midnight EDT, Saturday: 12 noon - 5 p.m. EDT)

Sexual Health Services

Addictions/Substance Use

GW Health Promotion and Prevention Services - 202-994-2599

Alcoholics Anonymous - 202-966-9115 (10 a.m. - 10 p.m.)

AlAnon Family Groups - 888-4AL-ANON (425-2666) (M-F: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. EDT)

Narcotics Anonymous - 800-543-4670

Cocaine Anonymous - 301-368-9202 or 202-368-0476

Suburban Hospital Addiction Treatment Center - 301-896-2036 (M-F: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.)

Gamblers Anonymous - 888-GA-HELPS (424-3577)

Nicotine Anonymous - 202-234-STEPS (78377)

Sex Addicts Anonymous - 703-912-1904