Suicide Prevention Help, Resources And Training

You Should Know…

All threats of harm must be taken seriously whether the threat is assault, homicide or suicide and a professional consultation sought as soon as possible.

  • Vague or ambiguous threats that may be aimed at a future event or time should still be taken seriously and a professional consultation scheduled as soon as possible
  • Do not evaluate a threat on your own
  • Safety over privacy when someone’s life is in danger

Suicide Warning Signs

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or buying a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge
  • Displaying extreme mood swings

Signs of Imminent Danger (this list is not all-inclusive)

  • The student has threatened harm to himself/herself or talked openly about wanting to harm himself/herself
  • The student has inflicted physical harm to himself/herself
  • The student is believed to have ingested substance(s) of which the amount and effects are uncertain
  • The extent of self-injury is unknown and the student is apparently unconscious and unresponsive to stimuli

If there is imminent danger/harm to self, others or property:

  1. Call PSC Campus Police at (850) 484-2500
  2. Call 9-1-1.

If you are unsure about a threat

  1. Call PSC Campus Police at (850) 484-2500 and they will coordinate the next steps

Suicide Prevention Help, Resources And Training

The Pensacola State C.A.R.E.S. program is a campus-wide suicide prevention campaign. The program aims to change the climate of PSC so that students, staff and faculty feel safe and cared for wherever they are on campus. Through this change, C.A.R.E.S. hopes to reduce both thoughts of and deaths from suicide.

Anonymous Mental Health Screening Tool

 Mental health is a key part of your overall health. Brief screenings are the quickest way to determine if you or someone you care about should connect with a mental health professional – they are a checkup from your neck up. This program is completely anonymous and confidential, and immediately following the brief questionnaire you will see your results, recommendations, and key resources.

 Appointments with a Crisis Responder for non-emergencies.

  • If you or someone you know is struggling with depression or other mental health issues, suicidal thoughts, or stress for any reason, call for an appointment.
  • It is OKAY to get help. It is more than okay.  It is the healthy, responsibly and helpful thing to do.
  • PSC C.A.R.E.S. Crisis Responder (850) 484-1817

If someone is in imminent danger, this is an emergency situation and you should call: Campus police (850) 484-2500 and then dial 9-1-1

Campus Connect Gatekeeper Training

  • Two-hour experiential gatekeeper training designed specifically for a college community.
  • Open and frank discussion includes suicide statistics, myths, warning signs, how to refer students for help, and gatekeepers’ possible reactions to students in crisis
  • Emphasis on empathic listening skills, communication skills, the ability to compassionately and directly ask students about their suicidal thoughts, how to respond to their answers, and how and where to refer students for additional help
  • Training is highly interactive and includes role playing so that participants can practice possible conversations with students in crisis
  • Offered a few times each semester

Campus Connect Train the Trainer

  • Six-hour training for future Gatekeeper trainers
  • Review of philosophical basis of Campus Connect
  • Participation in experiential exercises and discussion of how to effectively lead each of the exercises
  • Specific instruction for potential trainers on how to conduct trainings
  • Training manual which contains detailed description of the training, tips and strategies

Pensacola State College Student Active Minds Chapter


  • Active Minds is a nonprofit organization with student-run chapters on college campuses
  • Empowers students to speak openly about mental health to educate others and encourage individuals to seek help
  • Helps create a comfortable environment in which students feel free to discuss mental health issues
  • PSC C.A.R.E.S. advises the campus chapter of Active Minds
  • Interested students should contact Active Minds PSC Chapter President, Pablo Campos at or Advisor Liz Moseley at (850) 475-4835

Suicide Prevention Resources

The following links provide some good information about preventing suicide, warning signs and how to access help, but no web search can be a substitute for getting help from a caring trained professional. This is true whether you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone else.

If you or someone you know is struggling with stress, depression, suicidal thoughts, PTSD or similar, remember that it IS okay to get help.

For non-emergency help, call Pensacola State C.A.R.E.S. Crisis Responder for an appointment at (850) 484-1817.

 For emergencies call PSC Campus Police at (850) 484-2500 and then call 9-1-1.

Crisis 24-Hour Hotlines

CDC-INFO (Formerly known as the CDC National STD and AIDS Hotline)
1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636)

National Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

24 hour CHAT:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)

CHAT: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

24-hour chat

TEXT: LOVEIS to 22522

Treatment Referral Hotline (Substance Abuse)
1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)

Behavioral Treatment Services Locator:

The Trevor Lifeline (Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ Youth)
866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

TEXT: Trevor to 202-304-1200, Fridays from 3 pm – 7 pm

7 days/week 2 pm – 8 pm

Veterans’ Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255), press 1

TEXT: send message to 838255

24 hour

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Contact US

Emergencies call 911 and Campus Police (850) 484-2500
Non-emergencies call Crisis Responder for an appointment (850) 484-1817

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PSC C.A.R.E.S. Staff

Jamie Russell, Program Director

Rachelle Burns, Activity Coordinator

Liz Moseley, Active Minds Coordinator

PSC C.A.R.E.S. Partners

Lakeview Center Baptist Health Care
1221 W. Lakeview Avenue,
Pensacola, Florida 32501
(850) 469-3500

Faith & Hope Counseling Center
9999 Chemstrand Road,
Pensacola, Florida 32514

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