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— Procedures for Responding to a Potential Suicide


Members of the university community becoming aware of a student or employee indicating they are thinking about, or are planning a suicide, are encouraged to inform the Counseling and Health Center, SS 1400, 465-2380 immediately; or the Office of the Dean of Students, Student Services, room 2000, 465-2152. If a suicide act is imminent, call 911 (on-campus 9-911), the 911 operator will contact UW-Green Bay Public Safety. After calling 911 a contact with the Counseling and Health Center, SS 1400, (920) 465-2380 or the Dean of Students Office, SS 2000, (920) 465-2152 is also encouraged.

It is the university's desire that each and every threat is to be taken seriously and checked out thoroughly by either the Counseling and Health Center or the Dean of Students Office.

Appropriate referrals will be initiated. The person in question will be interviewed as soon as possible and the seriousness of the threat determined.

If concern continues, the person may be expected to take one or more of the following alternative steps with the assistance of a staff person:
  1. Inform a relative or close friend. (as appropriate) A parent or guardian of anyone under the age of 18 will be informed.

  2. Arrange to have a friend or relative stay with them.

  3. Make arrangements to be seen as an outpatient of a hospital emergency room; or, by a physician, counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist of their choice.

  4. Make arrangements for voluntary hospitalization.

Failure to implement one of the above when the threat is deemed to be serious may result in a request for involuntary hospitalization.

This procedure is intended to represent a concern and a firm commitment to the welfare of any individual for whom suicide is a possibility.

Revised 9/96, 7/98, 7/99, 12/03

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