RU a Lifesaver

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RU a Lifesaver

Empowering students to increase help-seeking behavior for suicidal thoughts and reduce the stigma associated with mental health services.

For information about our partnership with the Jed Foundation or about the student mental health survey, please click here.


  Symptoms of someone who may be struggling include:

  • Depression that interferes with daily routine or excluding themselves from social activities
  • Lack of coping skills around day-to-day problems or intense reactions to certain situations
  • Extreme highs, irrational thoughts/behaviors, sleeplessness and compulsive behavior
  • Increased use of drugs or alcohol
  • Severe anxiety or stress
  • Constant feelings and expressions of sadness or hopelessness

How can I help a friend/student?
  • Be honest with yourself: you can’t solve their problems, but you can support them as they figure out what is right for them.
  • Don’t take it on alone: they are lucky to have your support, but they might also need qualified professional support! Learn about resources such as counselors & health care providers and share these. The Wellness Center offers these resources.
  • Promote the idea that there is hope.  Let them know how strong you believe they are and that they can get through this!
  • Keep in touch: check in regularly and encourage them to keep talking to you and other friends (this helps them create a broad support network).
  • The Wellness Center provides training for faculty and staff on recognizing and helping students in distres. View the presentation here or email wellnesscenter@rowan.edu to schedule an in-person presentation.