Part of the Division of Student Affairs

How to Intervene

Talking to someone about suicide does not put the idea in their head, and talking about it can help to set them on the path to recovery.


  • Be available to listen, to talk, to be concerned
  • Acknowledge that a threat or attempt at suicide is a plea for help
  • Take the student seriously
  • Set aside own ideas about suicide and try to remain calm
  • Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide
  • Refer them to Tuttleman Counseling (215-204-7276) and make them aware of the suicide prevention resources available
  • Continue to check up on them and be available for support
  • Remind them that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength


  • Ignore your limitations
  • Don’t minimize the situation or depth of feeling

Remember: Helping a friend or student who is in distress can be stressful, so be sure to take care of yourself too!