When we’re in the middle of the hardest moments of our lives, we can often feel helpless and like there’s nothing we can do about our mental health. It’s only when looking back on those times that we realize the things we could have done differently, the people we could have reached out to, or the help we could have asked for. So, this Suicide Prevention Week, we want to offer you some insight because we are here for you.
1) Take advantage of free tools
Health Services has an awesome, free mental health screening tool that can tell you whether or not it would be a good idea for you to set up a professional consultation with someone. It’s good to get that clarification when things seem uncertain. You can also search for support based on topics or issues on the Mental Health Resource page from the JED Foundation.
2) Check in on your friends
If you notice a friend is acting differently, learn how to look for signs that your friend may be struggling. It’s not easy, but when you feel like something isn’t right, listen to your gut. Follow your instincts when you’re worried about a friend and refer a friend for support when they need it. There’s lots of advice out there from people who learned to talk about mental health with their friends and family.
3) Reach out for help — even though it’s hard
Asking for help is hard, but the Counseling Center at Boise State is here to help you. They’re here to help you with any concerns you may have, whether for yourself or if you’re worried about someone else. Please don’t hesitate to reach out any time you feel like you need to talk. It’s not a weakness to ask for help, it’s a strength.
4) Use emergency and crisis services
Help is waiting at the Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline. You can call or text 988 for any reason, even if it’s not related to suicide. The incredible people at Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline are ready to help 24/7, completely free of charge.
5) Attend events to get involved and learn more
Suicide Prevention Week is a time for us all to get involved, educate ourselves and feel prepared when it comes to our mental health — and we can have some fun while we do it. Join your fellow students for things like an obstacle course, gifting flowers, stopping to pet a puppy, do chalk art, and so much more.
5 ½) Boise State seriously cares about students’ mental health
Visit the JED Campus webpage to learn just how Boise State has partnered with the JED foundation to support the emotional well-being of all students and foster a thriving campus community. Did you know that Boise State received a $300k grant to raise awareness about mental health, build sustainable programs, give everyone the resources they need and create a Bronco community that talks about their mental health? Here us when we say, “We are here for you, Broncos!”