U-M Counseling and Psychological Services


Whether you’re suicidal or know someone who is, know that there is help and there is hope.  

We know that hopelessness, despair, and feeling alienated from others are leading warning signs for people feeling suicidal. We also know that being able to talk with someone about what is troubling and hurtful can lead to different and life affirming perspectives. 

The materials and resources provided on this page are meant to serve as starting places to better understand the risk factors, warning signs and importance of getting help for persons feeling suicidal.  Please reach out for support and to support others. Each of us matters; we can make a difference in another person’s life.


What to do if you feel suicidal

If you are contemplating suicide – or thinking about harming yourself – please reach out for support. You are not alone, and help is available. Things can get better.

If you’re in crisis, get help now by contacting one of the resources in the link, walk-in to CAPS during open business hours to talk with the on-duty counselor, or go to your local hospital emergency department.  For urgent concerns after business hours, speak to a licenced counselor 24/7 at 734-764-8312 (press 0 for After Hours Urgent Support) to be seen right away.

For ongoing support, please schedule an appointment with a CAPS counselor.  During CAPS’ business hours, you can always come to CAPS and set up your first appointment or see the counselor on duty if needed.

You can also talk to a trusted friend or family member, connect with mental health peer support group, or make an appointment with a community provider.

Remember ...

Suicidal thoughts, like all thoughts, are temporary. Suicide is permanent.

Depression and other mental health challenges can make you believe that you’ll never feel good again. But the pain or challenges you feel now will not last forever. Help is available. 

Suicidal thinking can be treated. Know that you are not alone: there are numerous people and resources in our caring community who are here for you and can support you.

Additional Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Created by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Mental Health Association of New York City (MHA of NYC), The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

Half of Us

Through Half of Us, mtvU and The Jed Foundation initiate a public dialogue to raise awareness about the prevalence of mental health issues and connect college students to the appropriate resources for help.

Love Is Louder

Love is Louder was started by MTV, The Jed Foundation, and Brittany Snow to support anyone feeling mistreated, misunderstood, or alone. Individuals, communities, schools and organizations have embraced Love is Louder as a way to address issues like bullying, negative self-image, discrimination, loneliness and depression.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth.

It Gets Better

Created by syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller, the It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.


ULifeline is a program of The Jed Foundation, is overseen by an expert board of mental health professionals. ULifeline is an online resource center for college students to search for information about mental health and suicide prevention.

The Jed Foundation

The Jed Foundation is a leading national organization working to reduce emotional distress and prevent suicide among college students.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

The SPRC is the nation’s only federally supported resource center devoted to advancing the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention. The SPRC provides technical assistance, training, and materials to increase the knowledge and expertise of suicide prevention practitioners and other professionals serving people at risk for suicide.