Helping a Friend or Loved One

Recognize the Signs:

  • Threatening to hurt or kill themselves
  • Looking for ways and means to kill themselves: such as a weapon, lethal means, access to pills
  • Talking or writing about death, dying or even suicide
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of anger, revenge or rage
  • Acting recklessly or mindlessly engaging in risky activities
  • Feeling trapped and as if there is no way out
  • Increased alcohol or drug use
  • Withdrawing from friends, family or society
  • Anxiety, agitation, sleeplessness, sleeping all the time
  • Dramatic mood changes
  • Feelings of no reason to live
  • Verbal hopelessness indicators and statements that suggest they may be thinking about suicide:
    • “I can’t go on any longer; I hate my life.”
    • “I’m so tired of it all; life is not worth living.”
    • “Everyone would be better off without me.”
    • “Nothing matters anymore. I want to die. I wish I were dead.”


  • Always take suicidal thoughts and behaviors seriously.
  • Share your concern about the person and ask them how they are doing.
  • If you suspect they may be suicidal, ask them directly about their feelings and plans. Asking a person if they are suicidal will not put the idea in their head if it is not there already.
  • If you fear for the person’s immediate safety, call Dallas College Police at 972-860-4290 if you are on campus, or call 911.
  • Encourage the person to get help and offer your support, such as walking them to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) on your campus.


Dallas College’s professional counselors offer virtual and in-person appointments. You can make an appointment online, by email at or by calling 972-669-6400 and asking to speak with a counselor.

Learn more about Counseling and Psychological Services

Campus Hours Of Operation

  • Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • CAPS counselors are available on the Dallas College Call Center (972-669-6400) Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m, and Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Counseling and Psychological Services provides the following training workshops and programs for Dallas College student, faculty and staff groups. We can also provide customizable training to fit your specific needs.


AS+K? About Suicide To Save a Life is a one-hour training that gives you an overview of the basic facts of suicide and suicidal behavior, including risk and protective factors. You will be trained to recognize warning signs and the initial intervention steps to support a person you think might be at risk for suicide.

The training program can be offered to groups of anywhere from 5-20 participants. Please note: This course is designed for public health information purposes only and is not designed to assess, screen, diagnose or treat any mental or physical health condition.

AS+K Training through Dallas College


Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

MHFA Training for Employees and Students