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Suicide Awareness and Prevention Resources

The University of Kansas Medical Center works closely with our clinical partner, The University of Kansas Health System, to develop and share resources for our campus community.

We strive to improve our community's wellness and well-being, providing practical strategies for suicide prevention and resources to realize our goal of zero suicides in our internal community.

Crisis Resources

If you are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, tell someone who can help right away.

  • Call 911 for emergency services.
  • Go to the nearest hospital emergency room. On our Kansas City campus, visit The University of Kansas Hospital Emergency Department, emergency services are available onsite 24/7 for anyone experiencing a crisis, such as thoughts of suicide.
  • Call or text 988 for the Suicide & Crisis Lifeline available 24 hours a day, offering free and confidential support for anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Support is also available via live chat. Para ayuda en español, llame al 988.
    Access Resources and Information

    Whether you are on the Kansas City, Salina or Wichita campus, support is available

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    Support and resources for employees of the medical center and the health system.

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    If you are concerned about someone in your life, support is available.

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    Warning Signs to Watch For   

    • discussing or thinking about wanting to die
    • a frequent sense of hopelessness, shame, guilt and/or vengefulness
    • losing the will to live
    • feeling like a burden to others
    • increased use of drugs or alcohol
    • frequent thoughts of violence or death
    • frequent dangerous behavior

    Visit the Suicide Prevention Resource Center for more Warning Signs for Suicide.

    When It’s Time to Act

    • Please treat any attempt at self-harm as an emergency.
    • If you feel the desire to hurt yourself, or if you have acted on that urge, you should get immediate help. Use the crisis resources above.
    • Often, if people try to hurt themselves once, they will try again.

    Recommendations from The University of Kansas Health System

    Our clinical partner offers a robust list of self-care resources, online relaxation tools and apps, as well as patient care information.

    Visit the health system