Suicide Prevention

13 Reasons Why

For those of you who have watched or heard about the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, please be aware that it may have been meant to raise awareness of mental health issues like suicide but has actually been harmful in multiple ways. The series perpetuates various mental health misconceptions without inspiring hope or promoting help resources that have proven effective in many cases. Also, many have experienced the series as triggering of their own mental health histories. Viewers are encouraged to consider the JED Foundation's talking points in order to be knowledgeable media consumers and guard against the potential harm of this series. Please access Counseling Center services as needed for more support in understanding the series and/or navigating mental health concerns.

Suicide Prevention for Veterans - The 22 Push-up Challenge


Suicide Prevention Week

Thanks to everyone who joined the Counseling Center and Center for Wellness Promotion for National Suicide Prevention Week activities.

Nearly forty students contributed to the Messages of Hope canvas (pictured below), to be displayed in the Counseling Center. 


Additional students stopped by our tabling on Wednesday, September 7th to obtain information on mental health and future events. 

Stay tuned for details on upcoming programming the week of International Survivors of Suicide Day, which will include a QPR Gatekeeper Training on Wednesday, November 16th. Those who complete this in-person training will learn how to identify and refer people who may be at risk for mental health concerns, and will be entered to win Beats by Dre headphones. In the meantime, follow the link below for an online training intended to help you (as students, faculty, or staff) know when and how to be of support when someone needs it the most.


Suicide Prevention

The UNC Charlotte Counseling Center has several programs and services in place designed to prevent suicide among students.

Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among people ages 15-29.  While students have support available on campus, and while the suicide rate among students is approximately one-half the rate of their non-college peers, the percentage of students who tell their counselors they have thoughts of suicide is increasing nationally and at the University. The rise of suicidal thoughts reminds us to remain vigilant.

We believe that the entire University community is responsible for the safety and emotional well-being of our students. With that guiding principle in mind, there are several programs in place, under the direction of the Counseling Center's Suicide Prevention Coordinator, to help the community partner with the mental health professionals in the Counseling Center to identify, respond to, refer, and assist students at risk.

For students

Kognito At-Risk for Students. This interactive online simulaiton can help students identify their peers who may be at risk for suicide or serious mental health concerns, teach skills necessary to approach and refer a student at risk, and get that student the help they need.  In addition, students can learn about warning signs of distress and how to seek help for themselves when needed.

Counseling and consultation services. Students are encouraged to consult with a counselor when they are worried about depression, anxiety, relationship issues, or other concerns that may impact their safety, well-being, and optimal academic and interpersonal functioning. Students can explore on this website the individual and group counseliing services available and discuss their concerns with a counselor.

For faculty and staff

Kognito At-Risk for Faculty and Staff. Faculty and staff are encouraged to use this interactive online simulation to help them learn to identify, approach and refer students who may be at risk for safety and other concerns.

Consultation services. Faculty and staff are invited to consult with Counseling Center staff, either in person or by phone, if they notice student behavior that may be of concern to them. An online guide to helping a student at risk is available.

Campus Connect is a 3-hour in-person suicide prevention gatekeeper training for college and university faculty, staff, and students. Faculty and staff members or departments interested in learning more about this program can call the Counseling Center at 704‑687‑0311.

Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR). Tjos 90-minute suicide prevention gatekeeper training is available on request. Interested faculty and staff members or departments can call the Counseling Center at 704‑687‑0311 to learn more.

For parents and family members

Consultation services. Family members who notice behaviors that concern them about their students are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center in order to discuss their concerns and develop strategies for how to approach and address their observations. Counseling Center staff are available each day by phone. Family members are also encouraged to explore this online guide to helping a student at risk.

In a crisis

Students, faculty, staff, and family members are encouraged to learn about the Counseling Center's crisis intervention services. Help for students in available throught the day and evening hours from a variety of sources.

For more information about any of our suicide prevention programs, contact Dr. Jessalyn Klein, Suicide Prevention Coordinator, at 704-687-0311 or email her at