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Suicide / Depression

Take Threats of Suicide Seriously

Suicide was recently ranked as the second leading cause of death for college students. Any talk of suicide by a friend or loved one should be taken seriously and help should be sought immediately.

Suicide is often linked to untreated depression and both have many common warning signs including:

  • Sadness or anxiety
  • Feelings of guilt, helplessness or hopelessness
  • Trouble eating or sleeping
  • Withdrawing from friends and/or social activities
  • Loss of interest in hobbies, work, school, etc.
  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Anger

Talking about or contemplating suicide:

  • Talking openly about committing suicide
  • Talking indirectly about "wanting out" or "ending it all"
  • Taking unnecessary or life-threatening risks
  • Giving away personal possessions

Alcohol/Drug Abuse

Recognize the Signs of Chemical Addiction

There are many signs of alcohol and drug use, abuse and addiction. Any one sign, or a combination of them, can be cause for alarm and can signal substance abuse problems.

  • Depression
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Flat or unresponsive behavior
  • Hyperactivity
  • Loss of interest in one's work/school results
  • Nervousness
  • Hand tremors
  • Loss of balance
  • Loss of coordination
  • Drastic changes in social relationships
  • Becoming a loner or becoming secretive
  • Loss of interest in appearance
  • Change of friends
  • Extreme change in interests
  • Tendency to lose temper
  • Being argumentative
  • Borrowing money and not repaying it
  • On-Campus Help
    R’Collegiate Recovery

    well.ucr.edu/r-collegiate-recovery 
    Get connected to other students living sober lives and recovering from addiction. Get more information on student organization, Healing Highlanders and the weekly student recovery meetings happening on campus.


    The Well

    well.ucr.edu
    Learn about alcohol and other drug resources, talk to a health educator, join a peer group dedicated to promoting healthy behaviors or take an online substance-use assessment.

  • Off-Campus Help
    Recovery Options

    (800) 662-2873
    (800) NO ABUSE


    Riverside County Drug Program

    1827 Atlanta Ave. D1
    Riverside, CA 92507
    (951) 955-2100


    Alcoholics Anonymous

    aa.org


    Narcotics Anonymous

    na.org


    24 Hour Detox Referral Line:

    (800) 499-3008


    Riverside Center for Behavioral Medicine

    5900 Brockton Ave.
    Riverside, CA 92506
    (800) 992-0901

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