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Connect2Hope exists to

  • prevent a suicide, if at all possible,
  • increase awareness of how to prevent a suicide in yourself or a friend
  • as a recipient of a Campus Suicide Prevention grant in 2013, College of Charleston is committed to promoting positive mental health in our community with a message of hope

Did You Know...

  • The majority of suicides can be stopped. Even the most seriouslydepressed person intent upon suicide is probably torn between wanting to live and wanting to die.
  • Most people who want to commit suicide are only suicidal for a limited amount of time. Many can go on to lead normal lives once the crisis is worked through
  • 4 of 5 people who succeed in completing suicide had made at least one previous attempt.
  • 8 of 10 people who commit suicide give warning signs to their intentions; the other two usually give some kind of verbal clues. Almost no one commits suicide without first letting someone else know. Talking about suicide is a cry for help.
  • 95% of all suicide victims have given warning signs and clues to their intention. They may not always be verbal, but they are there.
  • Only a small percentage of those who commit suicide leave notes explaining why or telling that they intentionally took their own life.
  • Many suicidal people are just severely depressed, and can't figure out a solution to their problem. A "normal" person is not beyond self-destruction
  • Source: Voices of Hope

Why do people attempt suicide?

People usually attempt suicide to block unbearable emotional pain, which is caused by a wide variety of problems. It is often a cry for help. A person attempting suicide is often so distressed that they are unable to see that they have other options: we can help prevent a tragedy by endeavoring to understand how they feel and helping them to look for better choices that they could make. Suicidal people often feel terribly isolated; because of their distress, they may not think of anyone they can turn to, furthering this isolation. In the vast majority of cases a suicide attemptor would choose differently if they were not in great distress and were able to evaluate their options objectively. Most suicidal people give warning signs in the hope that they will be rescued, because they are intent on stopping their emotional pain, not on dying. 
Source: Survivors of Suicide