Counseling Services

Suicide Prevention

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Upcoming Trainings: Go to the Kognito At-Risk for Faculty and Staff Simulation webpage to learn more about the 30 min. online Kognito training.

Get Help Now

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline : (800) 273-TALK (8255)

24-Hour Crisis Text Line: Text "HELLO" or "ALOHA" or 741-741.

Crisis Line of Hawaiʻi: 1-800-753-6879
If you call this number from a phone with an out of state number, you will be routed to a crisis support center local to that area code. Please ask to be connected to someone in Hawaiʻi. You can also call (808) 832-3100 to connect directly to Hawaiʻi.

Other Crisis/Emergency Resources

  • UH Hilo Counseling Services Emergency Assistance Information and resources to use in an emergency situation.
  • The Trevor Project 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people ages 13 to 24. 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386). Chat and Text also available.
  • GLBT National Help Center Serving callers of all ages. Peer counseling, information, and local resources. 1-888-843-4564. Peer support chat also available.
  • Veteran’s Crisis Line A confidential, toll-free hotline and chat resource for veterans and their families. Available 24 hours a day. Phone 1-800-273-8255. Text 838 255. Online chat

If your situation is an emergency, please call 911, Campus Security at (808) 974-7911, or go to the emergency room.

Concerned about a student

If a student displays behaviors that indicate he or she may be considering self-harm and would like help, help the student call Counseling Services at (808) 932-7465 during office hours and indicate that there is an emergency. Walk with the student to Counseling Services if possible.

For after hours services, refer the student to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255. If possible, stay with the student until someone arrives from Crisis Mobile Outreach.

For actively suicidal students and/or those refusing help, call UH Hilo Campus Security (808) 974-7911 or 911.

Suicide Warning Signs

These signs may mean that someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater if a behavior is new or has increased and if it seems related to a painful event, loss or change.

  • Talking about wanting to die or to kill oneself.
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online, stockpiling medications, or buying a gun.
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live.
  • Talking about feeling trapped or in unbearable pain.
  • Talking about being a burden to others.
  • Increasing the use of alcohol or drugs.
  • Acting anxious or agitated; behaving recklessly.
  • Sleeping too much or too little.
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated.
  • Showing rage or talking about seeking revenge.
  • Displaying extreme mood swings.

The information above is from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline .

UH Hilo Suicide Prevention Program

Na Kia'i O Ke Ola Guardians of Life UH Hilo Suicide Prevention Program

In Spring 2019, the UH Hilo Suicide Prevention Program conducted a student wellbeing survey and 7 focus groups. Find out more by reading a short summary and checking out the results.

To begin to address the needs identified in the survey and focus groups:

  • Heartmath biofeedback stations have been launched around campus
  • Mindfulness classes are being offered
  • Walk-in Wednesdays have been initiated at Counseling Services
  • A stigma-reduction and help-seeking campaign logo and slogan design contest will be launched Spring 2020 to involve students in the development of campus appropriate materials
  • Student, faculty and staff training materials are being reviewed with student participation
  • Art, music, safety and basic needs are being considered in prevention education and awareness events and efforts

UH Hilo Suicide Prevention Program includes prevention programming, events, and training, such as QPR Gatekeeper Training.

QPR Gatekeeper Training

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR), is an evidence-based suicide prevention program that teaches people how to become suicide prevention gatekeepers. Gatekeepers know the risk factors and warning signs of suicide and how to ask if a person is thinking of suicide. They also are able to persuade the person to get help, and refer him or her to appropriate resources.

Please contact Student Health and Wellness Programs for more information:

Phone: (808) 932-7460


Seize the Awkward
How to start the conversation and help someone you are concerned about.

For Those Considering Suicide

How to Help Someone who is Suicidal

Facebook Suicide Prevention Center
Find out how to get help for yourself or what to do when a friend posts something about suicide or self-injury.

Instagram Self-Injury Support and Report Center
Find out what to do if you are worried about someone after they have shared content around self-injury or suicide.

Mayo Clinic Teen Suicide Prevention Video
This short video describes how to act around anyone you care about who might be depressed or considering suicide. It includes signs to watch for, how to ask, what to say, and how to get help.