Suicide & Crisis Information

Information about preventing suicide and resources for mental health crisis support and strategies.

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Suicide & Crisis Prevention

Suicide can be prevented. While some suicides occur without any outward warning, most do not, and there are people and resources to help. If you are having thoughts of harm to yourself or others, contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline by call or text to 9-8-8, or call Crisis Connections at 866-427-4747. 

Whether you are experiencing a mental health crisis yourself or you are a friend a loved one of someone considering suicide, this page offers assistance through a collection of crisis resources and information. CAPS also offers Urgent Care on Mondays through Fridays, from 11am - 1pm. Urgent Care hours are a time for students to briefly speak with a therapist and identify next steps in your mental healthcare. This is particularly helpful if you are in psychological distress, or are considering harm to yourself or others. 

Connect to the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

If you are considering harm to yourself, click here to connect with the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline now and chat with a support specialist. 

Suicide and Crisis Resource Contacts For Immediate Help

Crisis Lines and Hotlines

  • Call 9-1-1 for Emergency Services
  • Suicide & Crisis Lifelines: 988 (Call or Text)
    • Note: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now the 988 Lifeline. The previous number (1-800-273-8255[TALK]) will continue to function indefinitely and redirect you to 988.
  • Suicide & Crisis Lifeline Chat
  • Campus Public Safety Emergency Line: 206-296-5911
  • King County Crisis Connections: 206-461-3222 or 866-4CRISIS (866-427-4747)
  • The Trevor Project: Call 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678
  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
  • Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741-741

If you are unable to call the contacts listed above during a crisis: 

  • Take the individual to an emergency room or mental health walk-in clinic 
  • Do not leave the person alone until professional help is with them 
  • Remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs, or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt 

Nearest Emergency Departments 

Harborview Medical Center
325 9th Avenue, 1st Floor, Seattle, WA, 98104

Swedish Medical Center - First Hill Campus
700 Minor Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98122

Swedish Medical Center - Cherry Hill Campus
540 16th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98122

Virginia Mason Medical Center
1100 9th Avenue, Seattle, WA, 98101 

Note: SU Public Safety can provide transportation from campus to the hospital. Call 206-296-5911

Additional Resources from Seattle University 

  • Campus Public Safety
  • Student Health Center
  • Campus Ministry - Residential Minister or the SU Jesuit Community 
  • Talk Now via TimelyCare: 24/7 on-demand access to mental health support to talk about anything at any time through phone or video messaging across the US and internationally 
  • Resident Hall Director, Associate Deans, Academic Advisors, Dean of Students Tutors, or Faculty 

Other Resources for Information About Suicide Include: 

  • American Association of Suicidology 
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention 
  • American Psychiatric Association 
  • American Psychological Association 
  • The JED Foundation 
  • Mental Health America
  • National Institute of Mental Health 
  • How to Help In an Emotional Crisis