Suicide Prevention

How to help a student who may harm themselves or others

  • Do not leave them alone.
  • Take their words seriously and respond with compassion.
  • Encourage them to seek immediate help from one of the following:
    • their doctor
    • the nearest emergency room
    • Wayne State Police, if on campus (313) 577-2222
    • 911, if off campus
       
  • Remove access to any tools for suicide, such as firearms and medications.
     
  • Request a Welfare Check. If you have reason to believe that the student is at risk for suicide and the student has been unresponsive to your attempts to call them and confirm their safety, you may call the WSU Campus Police at 313-577-2222 and request them to stop by the student’s residence to perform a welfare check.
     
  • Call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 313-577-3398 for a confidential consultation with a counselor. 
     
  • If after hours, call CAPS after hours line at 313-577-9982
     
  • Please note that all services at CAPS are voluntary and strictly confidential. Should you request any updates about a student you referred to CAPS for suicide risk, the student would have to provide written permission on a Release of Information Form to release any protected health information.
     
  • Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). available 24 hours a day. All calls are confidential. Call to ask confidential questions about someone you think may be at risk.

     

Emergency & Counseling Referral Sources


WSU Police

313-577-2222

Crisis Intervention Center

Detroit Receiving Hospital
4201 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48202

313-745-3546

Available 24 hours and 7 days a week. They provide voluntary and involuntary evaluations.
*WSU Police Department will transport students showing potentially harmful behavior.

CAPS after hours line

313-577-9982

Life Stress Center

Detroit Receiving Hospital
4201 St. Antoine, Detroit, MI 48202

313-745-4811

Available 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. They provide outpatient adult psychological services and special programs for victims of crime and their families. Services are fee-based.

Wayne State University Physician Group

313-577-1396

Available Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 6:00pm. They provide assessment, phone intake, and referral to appropriate placement. Sliding fee scale based on the ability to pay.

Wayne State Psychology Clinic

60 Farnsworth Detroit, MI 48202

313-577-2840

Available Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 7:00pm. They provide outpatient adult psychological services and are staffed by psychologists and psychology trainees. Sliding fee scale based on the ability to pay.