Help for Attempt Survivors

You’re still here— and we want to help you find hope.

If you feel like you are in crisis, no matter how big or small, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or reach Crises Text Line by texting HOME to 741741. During an emergency, you may call  Counseling and Psychological Services at (828) 262-3180 and select the option to speak to the counselor on call. During office hours, you can visit the Counseling and Psychological Services Center in the Miles Annas Building, tell them you are experiencing an emergency, and they will find a counselor to talk to you.

More resources for attempt survivors can be found here: 

Attend Therapy or a Support Group

Speaking to a therapist or attending a support group can help improve your overall mental health. Currently enrolled students are eligible to receive counseling for free from the Counseling and Psychological Services CenterIndividual counseling and group counseling are available. In order to see a counselor or join a group, visit the Counseling and Psychological Services Center in the Miles Annas building during initial consultation hours.

During the Fall and Spring semesters, Initial Consultation hours are:
        Monday - Friday: 8:30am-11:00am and 1pm - 4pm

Engage in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) 

DBT is a form of therapy designed specifically to treat individuals who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. Daymark Recovery Services offers DBT treatment. If interested, students should schedule an initial assessment by calling (828) 264 - 8759. Daymark accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicaid, and offers a sliding scale for individuals who do not have insurance.  

Practice Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) at Home

Now Matters Now is a website that presents the stories of those who have been suicidal, and research-based ways for managing the most painful moments of life. Learn Mindfulness, Mindfulness of Current Emotion, Opposite Action and Paced-breathing. These skills are part of Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT, proven to be helpful for people considering suicide. These tools are not considered a replacement for one-to-one counseling. You do not have to have suicidal thoughts or mental health problems to use these tools – they are useful for most people and many problems.

Create a Safety Plan

Having a plan in place that can help guide you through difficult moments can make a difference and keep you safe.

Watch Stories of Hope and Recovery

Told through the voices of these individuals, their families, and the professionals in their support network, each inspiring story recounts one person's journey from a suicide attempt to the life of hope and recovery that they are leading today.

Read Stories of Attempt Survivors

This blog was created by the American Association of Suicidology to share that suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone and that it’s possible to recover, or learn to manage, and move on.

Live Through This

Live Through This is a collection of portraits and stories of suicide attempt survivors, as told by those survivors. The intention of Live Through This is to show that everyone is susceptible to depression and suicidal thoughts by sharing portraits and stories of real attempt survivors - people who look just like you. These feelings can affect those closest to us, and the fear of talking about it can be a killer. 

Take Care of Yourself After Treatment in the Emergency Department

This brochure was created to help you as you begin to work through challenges that led you to attempt to take your life. It offers information about moving ahead after your treatment in the emergency department and provides resources for more information about suicide and mental illnesses.


Adapted from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline's Help for Attempt Survivors

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 1-800-273-TALK(8255).

Local and National Resources

Campus Resources
Counseling and Psychological Services Center
(828) 262-3180

University Police Department
(828) 262-2150
Emergencies: (828) 262-8000

Office of the Dean of Students
(828) 262-8284

Counseling for Faculty
and Staff

(828) 262-4951

Community Resources
Daymark Recovery Services
(828) 264-4357
After Hours/Crises Line: (828) 264-4357

National Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Chat: Click Here

The Trevor Project

Trans Lifeline

Crisis Textline
Text HOME to 741741

At Risk: Suicide Prevention Training Simulation