Depression and Suicide Prevention

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Did You Know?

ASU students reported experiencing the following feelings at least once in the past 12 months:

48.5% felt so depressed it was difficult to function.

15.4% seriously considered attempting suicide.

2.2% reported attempting suicide.

ASU Students Care

85.2% of ASU students who noticed another student in distress helped that person get support.

85.5% of ASU students say that if they were feeling distressed, they would appreciate it if someone helped them to get the support they need.   

Source: American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment: Arizona State University, Spring 2019. Baltimore: American College Health Association; Spring 2019 (n=2,096).



Addressing the Topic of Mental Health and Depression is Important

We encourage our ASU community to talk about mental illness, distress and suicide. By bringing these topics into open discussion, we make it easier to recognize the signs of someone struggling and can learn to take effective action to support the well-being of our friends, roommates, classmates and others. 

Mental Health

Mental health is how a person thinks, feels, and acts when faced with life's situations. This includes handling stress, relating to other people, and making decisions.


Feelings of sadness, emptiness, worthlessness and/or loneliness are normal responses to overwhelming or difficult experiences. Depression is characterized by these feelings lasting and/or not improving after a few weeks.


People who are experiencing distress have trouble managing their feelings or coping with the stress of their situation.  They may have trouble functioning or lack the desire to fulfill their daily responsibilities. 

Signs of Distress
  • Noticeable changes in behavior or routine, such as sleeping and eating patterns
  • Mood changes
  • Disconnecting from others
  • Substance use patterns
  • Engaging in behaviors that jeopardize health and safety
Suicide Risk Factors
  • Sense of isolation
  • Lack of close personal relationships
  • Poor coping skills
  • Impulsiveness
  • Mental illness (most commonly depression)
  • Substance abuse
Factors that Protect People from Suicide
  • Close personal relationships
  • Strong connections to community and family
  • Problem solving and conflict resolution skills
  • Accessible and effective clinical care for mental, physical and substance use disorders
  • Healthy behaviors such as adequate sleep, healthy eating, and physical activities
Help is available

If you or someone you know is having trouble managing their feelings, coping, depressed or distressed, help is available. Talking to a trusted friend or family member, an ASU Counselor or health care provider, a Community Assistant, or other member of the ASU community can be a good start toward feeling and doing better.

Source: Frequently asked Questions about Suicide. National Institute of Mental Health. 


  • Identify your concern
  • Ask what they are feeling
  • Be curious, not judgmental
  • Ask conversation-starting questions such as “how long have you been feeling this way?” or “how has this affected your daily life”
  • Recommend they seek professional help
  • Let them know you care about them

Help a Friend in Need is a guide that can assist you in this process.

Crisis Hotline Services
  • Suicide/Crisis Hotline (Maricopa County) 480-784-1500
  • Toll-Free Crisis Hotline (Arizona) 1-866-205-5229
  • HopeLine Suicide Hotline (National) 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

EMPACT’s 24-Hour ASU-dedicated Crisis Line: 480-921-1006.
You can also Use CRISIS TEXTLINE: Text HOME To 741741