Suicidal Behavior: Procedures
Suicidal behavior can vary from a suicidal gesture to a life-threatening attempt. The incident and response begins with the initial awareness that a person may have caused harm, or is talking about causing harm, to him/herself.
In situations where there is imminent danger requiring an immediate response (i.e. the harm that has been self-inflicted would be regarded as serious by a reasonable person):
- Contact DPS (202) 651-55555 (voice or text), (202) 651-55444 (TTY), or page: email@example.com . All information should be shared, including a description of the medical emergency, substances believed to be ingested, whether or not the individual responds to stimuli, weapons in the areas, etc.
- DPS will contact an ambulance, Campus Life/Student Life on-call staff, and take other appropriate steps.
In situations where a suicide gesture or threat was made where imminent danger is unclear, including evidence of recent self-inflicted superficial scratches or cuts, and/or statements of an intention to harm oneself:
- Contact DPS at (202) 651-55555 (voice or text), v5444 (TTY), or page: firstname.lastname@example.org . Describe the situation.
- DPS will contact the Campus Life/Clerc Center Student Life on-call staff or the Mental Health Center if during working hours.