There are three basic steps that can be used to support those experiencing mental health concerns and thoughts of suicide.
- Recognize Signs: Can you recognize warning signs?
- Take Action: Do you know how to get involved?
- Reach Out: Where can you get help from others?
Knowing how to recognize signs that a friend or loved one may be experiencing thoughts of suicide is the first step in lending a hand.
- Ask directly about suicide: "Are you thinking about suicide?"
- Express your concern and listen with empathy – no judgement.
- Assure them help is available and that they are not alone.
After they agree to seek help, offer to go with them and connect them with any of these resources listed on the right
(Question. Persuade. Refer.)
Have you ever wanted to learn more about helping a friend who is struggling with suicidal thoughts? The Student Counseling Center and RISE staff can train you in QPR.
Suicide can be seen as a journey of increasing hopelessness that starts with an idea and ends with an act. Anybody with the right skills can disrupt this journey. QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer, and using QPR skills will provide hope to those in crisis. The Student Counseling Center is currently offering FREE official QPR training. Trainees will be certified as QPR Gatekeepers and will learn how to intervene and get help for someone in a suicidal crisis.
Training is open to ALL faculty, staff, and students. Request a QPR workshop!
Assistant for Faculty and Staff
Employee Assistant Program (EAP)
- 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
- Health and Wellness Information
- Individual, Couple, and Family Counseling or Consultation
The EAP is an employee benefit to keep you healthy and on the job. EAP is confidential, private, and professional! It is not necessary to go through your employer to access EAP services. Texas Tech University provides up to six free counseling sessions per household per year (September 1 – August 31). Any employee or dependent living in the employee's household can receive assistance through.
The EAP has trained counselors ready to assist will all types of problems, including:
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Other Problems in Living
- Excessive Stress or Anxiety
- Family and Relationship Problems
Call EAP 806.743.1327 or 800.327.0328.Visit the TTU EAP office:
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
TTUHSC Counseling Center
1A300 HSC Building
Student Counseling Center
Individual and Group Counseling
Walk-In Clinic Hours: M-F 12:30-3:30pm
Family Therapy Clinic
Human Sciences 164│806.742.3074
$10 therapy session for TTU students
Student Health Services
SWC 1st Floor│806.743.2848
TTU Police Department
Emergency: 911│Non: 806.742.3931
Dean of Students Office
SUB Suite 201│806.742.2984
TTU Crisis HelpLine
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-888-628-9454 (en español)
Crisis Text Line
Text "hello" to 741741
Veterans Crisis Line
1.800.273.8255 (Press 1)
Lubbock Crisis Line
Free and confidential
A Christian-based hotline
StarCare Crisis Line
For LGBTQ community and youth